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SFA to present clarinet-piano duo

September 14, 2010 - Sylvia Bierschenk
Dr. Christopher Ayer, SFA professor of clarinet, and Dr. Kae Hosoda-Ayer, lecturer in collaborative piano at Baylor University, will perform as Duo Karudan at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The recital is a part of the SFA School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts, School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present Duo Karudan, a duet featuring clarinetist Dr. Christopher Ayer and pianist Dr. Kae Hosoda-Ayer at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in Cole Concert Hall.

Ayer is an associate professor of music at SFA, and Hosoda-Ayer is a lecturer of collaborative piano at Baylor University. The husband-wife team will perform European and American works for clarinet and piano.

"We will open the recital with Bohuslav Martinu's 'Sonatina,' followed by two short, charming works by French composer Ida Gotkovsky and the short 'Sonatina' by Polish composer Antoni Szalowski that is full of rhythmic vitality with charming melodies and interesting harmonic twists," Ayer explained.

The second half of the program will be devoted to works by American composers.

"We will close with 'Sonata' by the incomparable Leonard Bernstein," Ayer said. "Before that, however, we will play James E. David's 'E-Type Jag,' a driving, rhythmic work that is representative of the automobile it portrays, and Simon Sargon's 'KlezMuzik,' written in the Klezmer style."

At SFA, Ayer coordinates undergraduate and graduate clarinet study and performs with the Stone Fort Wind Quintet. He has presented clarinet clinics and been an adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada and has presented lectures and performances at the annual conferences of the International Clarinet Association.

Hosoda-Ayer received her bachelor's degree from Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, her master's from the New England Conservatory and her doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Korea as a soloist and collaborative artist.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.