NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Emily Brebach, English horn with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, will perform a guest oboe and English horn recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.
The recital is part of the School of Music’s Friends of Music Concert Series and will showcase works by Eugène Bozza, Charles Koechlin, Maurice Ravel and Alyssa Morris, among others.
Three of the program pieces are French. Bozza’s “Divertissement” translates to “fun” or “entertainment,” while Koechlin’s “Au Loin” translates to “far away” or “far off.” Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante defunte” translates to “Pavane for a Dead Princess.” These three French works are considered old favorites of the English horn repertoire.
“Chrysalis for English Horn and Piano” was written by living composer Alyssa Morris. Each movement of this piece represents a different stage of metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. The music is fun for the performer and audience alike, according to Brebach.
Joining the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as English horn and oboe in the fall of 2012, Brebach has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony and the Houston Symphony. She is an artist affiliate instructor of oboe at Emory University and a faculty member of the Atlanta Symphony's Talent Development Program, and she maintains an active private studio. Brebach also presents master classes and reed-making seminars at music schools across the country. She spends her summers in residence at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina, as English horn and oboe as well as artist faculty, and also as English horn at the Grand Teton Music Festival.
Saturday’s recital 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.
Brebach’s recital is part of a larger guest artist residency, which includes master classes. On Sunday, Oct. 13, she will join SFA’s Dr. Abby Y. Held, faculty oboe in the School of Music, in presenting Oboe Etude Workshop Day from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. In addition to working with SFA student oboe musicians, the presenters invite high school oboe students for a free workshop designed to help them master their All-State oboe etudes.
“This is a free event open to high school oboists who are preparing All-State audition etudes, or working on etudes in their own personal studies,” said Held, who will also present the clinic “Dealing With Nerves” during the workshop. Participants may register for Oboe Etude Workshop Day by contacting Held at firstname.lastname@example.org. Held promises “surprises and prizes” at the workshop.