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SFA flutist Guenther to present 'Baroque to Jazz'

September 19, 2014 - Robbie Goodrich
SFA School of Music faculty member Christina Guenther will present "Baroque to Jazz" with colleagues Geneva Fung, J.D. Salas and Brad Meyer at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Cole Concert Hall.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Christina Guenther in a faculty flute recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Guenther will present the program "Baroque to Jazz," which also features music colleagues Geneva Fung, piano, J.D. Salas, bass, and Brad Meyer, drums.

Among the works to be performed is Sonata in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach as well as Grand Polonaise in D Major by Theobald Boehm.

"Bach is one of the greatest composers of all time," Guenther said. "His Sonata in B Minor is in three movements. The first has an active feel because of the use of constant faster rhythms - sixteenth notes, thirty-second notes and triplets. The second movement presents a beautiful, floating melody in the flute line supported by lovely chords in the keyboard. The third movement clearly shows Bach's prowess as a keyboard master and his brilliant use of counterpoint."

Boehm was a German flutist, composer and inventor during the Romantic period who is considered responsible for the fingering system of the modern flute, according to Guenther.

"His in-depth study of acoustics resulted in his development of the instrument on which the modern flute is based," she said.

The performance will also pair Samuel Barber's "Canzone" and Philippe Gaubert's "Madrigal" as a set.

"Both pieces' titles mean 'Song,' and they are wonderful complements to each other," Guenther said.

Closing the program is a performance of Claude Bolling's "Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio," which is composed for "classic" flute and "jazz" piano, Guenther said.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.