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Talent on display
GSU music faculty showcase is Thursday at the PAC
Showcase lead for Web
In the Herald file photo from September 2008, David Murray, left, accompanies Arikka Gregory on an excerpt from "Una voce poco fa" by Giaoachino Rossini during Georgia Southern Music Department's annual Faculty Showcase Recital. The 2010 Showcase is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the PAC. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/Herald File

    Looking for a fun — and free — evening of live music? 
    The internationally recognized performers and professors from Georgia Southern’s Music Department will present their annual Faculty Showcase Recital on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on campus. There is no charge and the public is invited.
    The showcase features more than 20 faculty soloists and ensembles performing short selections ranging from Bach and Mozart to pop and jazz. The repertoire is chosen by the faculty for its interest and represents six of the performance areas offered within the department: woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, voice and keyboard (both piano and organ). As well as being the only time so many music faculty appear together in one concert, the showcase also is popular among middle- and high-school music students who are developing their own skills and want to watch a live instrumental or vocal experience.
    Wind and percussion performers include Linda Cionitti (clarinet), Anna Thibeault (flute), Adrian Gnam (oboe), Carolyn Bryan (alto saxophone), Bill Schmid (trumpet), Alice Schmid (trumpet), Stephanie Furry (horn), Richard Mason (trombone), David Purser (tuba), and Matthew Fallin (drums).  Vocalists include Arikka Gregory (mezzo soprano), Sarah Hancock (mezzo soprano), Kyle Hancock (bass-baritone), and Allen Henderson (baritone).
    Pianists include Richard Mercier, David Murray, Gregory Harwood, Karla Qualls, Tom Pearsall, and Michael Braz. Additional performers include Jonathan Aceto (viola), Martin Gueorguiev (cello), and Pierce Dickens, making his Georgia Southern faculty debut on organ.
    Among the more well known composers represented will be Bartok, Copland, Dvorak, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff and Schumann. 
    The Faculty Showcase also launches the Music Department’s performance season, featuring 50-60 recitals and concerts. Most are held at either the PAC or the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall in the Foy Building. For more information, call 478-5396.

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