The Sunday Recital Series at Mary Baldwin University continues this Sunday, November 4 at 3 p.m. with two guest artists: oboist Aaron Hill and pianist John Mayhood. This recital presents audiences with a rare treat — the oboe, while regularly heard in an orchestral context, is not often experienced in a solo setting.
Hill and Mayhood have chosen a wonderful program that highlights some well-known works for oboe and piano, in addition to interesting transcriptions of pieces originally written for other instruments. Included on the program are the lovely and appealing Oboe Sonata of Francis Poulenc, the fun and bouncy Italian Dance of English composer Madeline Dring, and other favorites by Carl Nielson and Ernest Bloch. They have also programmed an arrangement of Antonin Dvorak’s Sonatina, which was originally written for violin and piano.
Hill is principal oboe in the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra and serves on the music faculty at the University of Virginia. He is also a member of both the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. He holds a master of music and artist diploma from the Yale School of Music, and he earned a bachelor of music with highest honors from the University of Michigan. He has also performed as principal oboe with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Richmond Symphony, and Ann Arbor Symphony.
Canadian pianist John Mayhood has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, as well as in Germany and Austria. He has frequently appeared on CBC and SRC radio as well as on various NPR affiliates, and his performances have been televised in both the USA and Canada. In constant demand as a collaborator, Mayhood has appeared with musicians from the Montreal and Toronto Symphonies, the New York Philharmonic, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, among others. Also a scholar, he has presented on subjects ranging from the philosophy of performance practice to neo-Riemannian. He is currently a member of the piano faculty at the University of Virginia and has also taught piano at the University of Illinois and philosophy at Brown University.
All Sunday Recitals are at 3 p.m. in Francis Auditorium in the Pearce Science Center on the Mary Baldwin University campus. Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $5 for the general public and $4 for seniors and students. (Mary Baldwin students attend free of charge.) Season tickets are also available. For more information, call 540-887-7294 or visit Music at Mary Baldwin.