11/1/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Department of Music at Ashland University hosts a faculty and a senior recital this Sunday, Nov. 6, in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall located on the first floor of the Center for the Arts.

From Mentor, Ohio, and graduate of Mentor High School, music education major and clarinetist Jonathan Barko presents his senior recital at 3 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., Jane Berkner, flute, and Stephen Aron, guitar, will perform a duo faculty recital. Both recitals are free and open to the public.

Jonathan Barko is assisted by pianist Pavlina Draganova and Emily Geib on clarinet. His program includes Mozart's Church Sonata K. 336, Debussy's Premiere Rhapsodie, and Mendelssohn's Concertpiece No. 1 in F minor, Opus 113. Contemporary pieces in the program are Paul Reade's "The Victorian Kitchen Garden" which was composed as a theme for a BBC television series; Alexander Tcherepnin's schizophrenic-in-nature Sonata in One Movements; and Masashi Hamauzu's Basaid Island which is from a collection of works from the popular video game out of the Final Fantasy series.

Jane Berkner and Stephen Aron have been captivating concert audiences for more than a decade. With a repertoire that spans the flute/guitar masterworks and features several works specially written for them, The Aron Berkner Duo is performing concerts across the U.S., and their appearances in Italy have led to the establishment of an annual summer chamber music festival, Suonare in Italia (www.playmusicinitaly.com<http://www.playmusicinitaly.com>).

Their concert for Ashland is titled Music of South and North America and includes some unusual Latin American works such as pieces by Jorge Cardoso, Cuban guitarist Jose Lezcano, and Venezuelan flutist Marco Granados, as well as an original work of Arons's and some of his Choro arrangements.

An engaging and charismatic flutist, Jane Berkner has been delighting audiences with creative and diverse programs for more than 20 years, both from the stage and as a concert presenter. She has been on the Ohio Touring Artist's Roster since 1992, performing in recital series and school concerts across the state. She has performed with the Akron, Ashland, Canton and Youngstown Symphonies, the Ohio Ballet Orchestra, O'Neil Chamber Players, Garth Newel Chamber Players and the Chamber Music Society of Ohio. She has played for touring shows at EJ Thomas Hall in Akron, Playhouse Square in Cleveland and the Porthouse Theater as well as the Botzum Summer Festival Orchestra, Singers Companye, Summit Choral Society, Akron Lyric Opera Orchestra, Ohio & Erie Canal Opera, and Prism Projects in New York City. Berkner is a senior lecturer of flute at the University of Akron and on the music faculty at Ashland University.

Described by the New York Times as "cultivated and musical," Stephen Aron performs regularly throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. An avid arranger, his work is published by Tuscany Editions, Mel Bay Publications and Clear Note Publications. Clear Note also recently published several of Aron's original compositions ("imaginative, adventurous, effortlessly entertaining," Classical Guitar). His recordings have been described as "stunning" (Guitar Review), "superbly produced" (Soundboard), "warmly recommended" (Fanfare) and "inspired" (Classical Guitar). His recordings and publications of thirty Lieder ohne Worte by Felix Mendelssohn and the complete Chopin Mazurkas, both for solo guitar, were industry firsts. In addition to his post as professor of music and chairman of guitar studies at the University of Akron, Aron is teacher of guitar and founder of the classical guitar studies program at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

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>.

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