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SFA faculty to present recital of Bach's sonatas for flute and harpsichord

November 16, 2010 - Sylvia Bierschenk
Harpsichordist Geneva Fung (left) and flutist Christina Guenther, both of the SFA School of Music, will present a recital of sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Flutist Christina Guenther and harpsichordist Geneva Fung, both members of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music faculty, will present "The Authentic Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"The beautiful colors of the wooden flute (a modern flute made of ebony) and harpsichord will give listeners a more authentic feel as they travel back in time to hear the four works by the great Baroque master, J.S. Bach," said Guenther, assistant professor of flute.

There are seven sonatas attributed to J.S. Bach, but three of them are widely believed to be written by his son, Carl Philipp Emmanuel, and may not originally have been written for flute, explained Guenther. "We have included 'Authentic Sonatas' in the recital's title because we are performing the four (BWV 1030, 1032, 1034 and 1035) that were definitely written by J.S. Bach," Guenther continued.

A member of the SFA faculty since 2005, Guenther performs actively in the greater East Texas area, throughout the United States, and has also performed in Central and South America. Guenther is a founding member of the Gemini Flute Duo and has played with the Tallahassee (Fla.), Shreveport (La.), Longview, and Marshall Symphony Orchestras. In 2007, she performed Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto with SFA's Orchestra of the Pines.

Guenther earned her doctoral and master's degrees from Florida State University and her bachelors from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Fung, a native of Hong Kong, has appeared as an active soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in Hong Kong and the United States. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Hong Kong Baptist University, her Master of Music from Texas State University, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

In frequent demand as a collaborative pianist, she has performed in numerous vocal and instrumental recitals and master classes. At SFA, Fung serves as accompanist for the Choral Union, opera productions, student recitals, competitions, auditions and master classes.

The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.