Ashland University Sets Numerous Music Recitals for Semester's End

4/8/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The end-of-the-semester rush begins with numerous student recitals presented by the Ashland University Department of Music. From junior and senior recitals to various student ensembles and an honors recital, all of the following recitals will be held in the Center for the Arts' Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall and are free and open to the public.

Beginning on Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m., a junior recital will feature flutist Christina Paskert and percussionist Aaron Hill.  Accompanied by pianist Sue Gregg, Paskert will perform works by Schumann, Hindemith and Poulenc. She is a graduate of Avon High School (Avon, Ohio), and is a music education major. Hill, a graduate of Madison High School (Mansfield, Ohio), is a music performance major and will perform variety of percussion pieces.

On Sunday, April 17, at 5 p.m., flutist Stephanie Rickel will present her senior recital accompanied by Sue Gregg with special guest performers Ben Kafferlin, cello; and Christina Paskert, flute. Rickel will perform pieces by Bach, Saint-Saens, Haydn, Liebermann and Gaubert. She is a religion and psychology major and a graduate of Norwalk High School (Norwalk, Ohio).

The Ashland University percussion ensemble directed by Jeffrey Neitzke and several brass ensembles directed by Michael Metcalf will perform a joint recital on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. The seven-piece brass ensemble will perform a Bach arrangement while a brass quintet and trumpet trio with organ present pieces arranged by Robert King. Other selections include W. C. Handy's "Beale Street Blues" performed by the brass quartet and von Muller's Viennese waltz performed by the horn quartet.

The spring honors recital is slated for Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. which showcases the department's student musicians who accomplished exceptional work in the spring semester.

On Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m., the University flute ensemble, woodwind ensemble and string ensemble present their joint recital. Under the direction of Jane Berkner and accompanied by pianist Sue Gregg, the flute ensemble will perform pieces ranging from Robert Cathey's arrangement of "Four Japanese Folk Songs" to Kenneth Kreuzer's "Elevated Groove from Altitudes." Tom Reed directs the woodwind quartet performing "Four Old Tunes" by Gordon Jacob, and the clarinet quartet presenting Claude Smith's "Suite for Four Clarinets" and an arrangement of Scott Joplin's "The Easy Winners." The eight-piece string ensemble, directed by Kimberly Hain, will play pieces including a movement from Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto," Handel's "Entrance of the Queen of Sheba" from "Solomon," Corelli's "Sarabanda" and Ungar's "Ashoken Farewell."

Soprano Marita Tornabene will present her senior recital on Sunday, May 1, at 1 p.m. with accompaniment by Pavlina Draganova on piano. Featuring music from Mozart and Brahms to Irving Berlin, her recital will also host violinist David Dick and bassist Eddie Carney as guest performers. Tornabene is a music education major and graduate of Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School (New Philadelphia, Ohio).

For more information about these recitals, visit the Web site 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.