Thom Priest present Faculty Bassoon Recital
Who: Weber State University Department of Performing Arts
What: Thom Priest, faculty bassoon recital
When: Tuesday, 25 October 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Allred Theater, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts
Weber State University Department of Performing Arts presents a faculty bassoon recital by Thom Priest, at 7:30 Tuesday, October 25, in the Allred Theater, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. This is a free recital. Children 8 years and older are welcome to attend.
The program will open with Mozart’s “Concerto for Bassoon in Bb Major” with Piano Professor Ralph Vanderbeek realizing the orchestra parts while Priest serves as the soloist. This early work by Mozart illustrates the composer’s understanding and passion for writing for the bassoon. The concerto is a landmark in the literature for bassoon and has been a lasting influence on how composers write for the instrument.
After the Mozart, Professor of Viola Michael Palumbo and Priest will offer Gernot Wolfgang’s “Three Short Stories” for Viola and Bassoon. These include “Uncle Bop,” “Rays of Light,” and “Latin Dance.” This contemporary work draws freely on jazz and rock traditions and offers a unique experience for these two instruments in a chamber music setting.
The program will conclude with Francis Poulenc’s “Trio for Piano, Oboe, and Bassoon.” This trio is a genuine classic for double reed musicians and a big hit with audiences. This piece will feature Vanderbeek on piano, Professor of Oboe, Kendra Johnson, and Priest on the Bassoon.
Priest is the Chair of the WSU Department of Performing Arts. His work as a performer, researcher, teacher, and composer continues to inform his professional practice. Before joining the faculty at Weber State University he previously served as Principal Bassoonist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Coprincipal Bassoonist with the Santiago Philharmonic. Presently he enjoys performing with Weber State Faculty, Ballet West and the Utah Chamber Orchestra as well as with other musicians and dancers in Northern Utah.
more info: Thomas Priest, Ed. D, Professor of Music, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • 801-626-7181