Sherman, Texas—The Austin College Department of Music will present a Faculty Recital Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall in Craig Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The audience is invited to a reception in Craig Hall Gallery immediately following the performance, hosted by the Austin College chapter of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity.
The trio of Cathy Richardson, violin; Ricky Duhaime, clarinet; and John McGinn, piano, will perform music written by Darius Milhaud and Paul Hindemith, as well as a piece written by performer John McGinn.
The piece by McGinn was written specifically for this trio and includes three movements. McGinn described the composition, saying, “The first movement, Meccanico, is a spirited clockwork of rhythmic and rapid gestures, with a few brief lyrical moments thrown in for good measure. By comparison, the second movement, Flowing, offers gently arching melodic lines, expressive flutters, and even a touch of Hollywood-tinged romantic sweeps.” Of the final movement, McGinn said, “The final Scherzo (Italian for “joke”) is less an homage to the traditional form, as employed by composers such as Beethoven and Schubert, than an invitation for vibrant playfulness of gesture and phrasing and for toying and tweaking of musical expectations.”
“At every step of the creative process I have striven to maintain a happy balance between 21st-century "extended" virtuosity and a genuine sense of aural accessibility, engagement, and good musical fun,” McGinn said.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives.