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Concert to feature music for bassoon, percussion

February 17, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
SFA School of Music faculty members Staci Spring and Keith Lloyd will present "Bundles of Sticks: Music for Bassoon & Percussion" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in Cole Concert Hall.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Staci Spring and Keith Lloyd, faculty members in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music, will present "Bundles of Sticks: Music for Bassoon & Percussion" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Bassoonist Spring and percussionist Lloyd have been performing together since meeting in graduate school at Florida State University. Joining the husband-and-wife duo will be SFA colleagues Dr. Brad Meyer, percussion, and Geneva Fung, piano.

The title for the recital, which is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, is a clever play on the translation of the word for bassoon in German, along with the idea that percussionists frequently use many different sticks during a performance, according to Spring.

"We borrowed the title from one of the compositions we are performing," she said. "We thought this was suitable for our collaboration, since every piece on the program includes some combination of bassoon and percussion instruments."

"Bundles of Sticks" by Daniel McCarthy is a composition for bassoon and percussion in two movements titled "Wood and Wind" and "On the Edge."

"McCarthy blends the sound of the bassoon with a large number of percussion instruments," Spring said.

Among the other pieces to be performed is "TRaInspOrt," a trio for amplified bassoon and two percussion based on a programmatic narrative of a person navigating through a European passenger train. Sounds of the train's departure, a busy dining carriage and sleeping/snoring are a few of the elements used to create the story, Spring explained. The capitalized letters in the title are used to emphasize the number of players needed for the performance (trio).

The concert also features the Texas premier of Adrienne Albert's "Swing Shift" for bassoon, piano and drum set. Members of the SFA bassoon studio will also perform.

Spring teaches bassoon and musicology at SFA, while Lloyd teaches percussion. Meyer is director of percussion studies, and Fung is staff accompanist.

Tickets for this Cole Performing Arts Series event 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.