Ashland University Music Faculty Combine Talents for Chamber Ensemble Recital

3/30/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Directed by Arie Lipsky, several faculty members from the Ashland University Department of Music combine their talents with Lipsky for a chamber ensemble recital on Sunday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

The program begins with the faculty wind quartet performing Gioacchino Rossini's "Quartet No. 6 in B-flat" featuring Arie Lipsky on flute; Thomas Reed, clarinet; Ian Hoy, bassoon; and Michael Metcalf, horn.

A faculty trio with soprano Denise Milner Howell, cellist Arie Lipsky and pianist Megan Barth will then present Johannes Brahms "Two Songs, Op. 91."

Combining many elements of jazz with ragtime, the faculty trio of Thomas Reed on clarinet; Arie Lipksy, cello; and Pavlina Draganova, piano, will perform Paul Schoenfield's "Café Music."

The program will conclude with a sextet playing the four movement suite of Bohuslav Martinu's jazz ballet "La Revue de Cuisine" including "Prologue (Marche)," "Tango," "Charleston" and "Final." The sextet features violinist Jane Reed, cellist Arie Lipsky, clarinetist Thomas Reed, bassoonist Ian Hoy, Amanda Bekeny on trumpet and Pavlina Draganova, piano.

Known in the Ashland area as the music director and conductor for the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Lipsky is a native of Haifa, Israel, where he received extensive training as a cellist and flutist. He holds degrees in aeronautical engineering and music, which he received before serving in the Israeli armed forces as a tank commander. After moving to the United States, he served as assistant conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and graduated from there with distinction.

During this period he also assumed conducting responsibilities with the Ohio Light Opera. He moved to Buffalo, N.Y., in 1984 to become the Philharmonic's principal cellist and, in 1990, also became the resident conductor, a position he held for 12 years. Maestro Lipsky is currently in his 15th season as music director and conductor of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, and also in his 11th season as music director and conductor of the Ann Arbor (Michigan) Symphony.

For more information about the recital, visit the website at www.ashland.edu/music<http://www.ashland.edu/music> or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu<mailto:tapplega@ashland.edu>.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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