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FHSU's Werth and faculty to present

Special to the HDN

Kicking off International Education Week at Fort Hays State University, the Department of Music and Theatre and the International Student Services Office will present "An International Musical Sampling" featuring Kay Werth, instructor of music and theatre, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

Werth teaches flute, piano, oboe and bassoon at FHSU. She also performs with the Hays City Flute Quartet and the Werth Trio. During the "International Music Sampling," Werth will play oboe, oboe d'Amore, English horn and bassoon.

The "International Musical Sampling" will feature music from Great Britain, Japan, Australia, France, Argentina and Italy. Werth called the program "very audience friendly."

"Sonata No. 12 in C, for trumpet, oboe and conintuo, Op.1, No.12" by William Corbett will open this night of international music. "Sonata No. 12" will feature Brad Dawson on trumpet and Dr. Judith Ofcarcik on organ. Dawson and Ofcarcik are both assistant professors of music and theatre.

The second composition is by Kentara Hakoda and is based on Japanese folk melody. It will feature English horn, clarinet and cello. Ben Cline, associate professor of music and theatre, will play cello, and Kristin Pisano, associate professor of music and theatre, will play clarinet.

"Riffs for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano" by Michael Burns will close the first half of "International Musical Sampling." "Riffs" is a two-movement work for jazz. Hilary Shepard, instructor of music and theatre, will play flute, and Irena Ravitskaya, assistant professor of music and theatre, will play piano.

During intermission, Carol Solko-Oliff, director of International Student Services, will do a short presentation and announce the international events for the week.

The French piece "Deux Interludes for flute, oboe and harp," composed by Jacques Ibert, will open the second half of the concert. Originally composed for flute, violin and harp, Werth transcribed it to fit the oboe. Jane Hyde, from the Wichita Symphony, will accompany Werth on the harp.

Following "Deux Interludes," "Oblivion" by Astor Piazzolla will be played. Werth called the piece a "beautiful melody." "Oblivion" was transcribed by Steven Cromwell, a recent FHSU graduate. It will feature oboe d'Amore, violin, cello and harp.

The finale piece, "Concerto Sopra Motivi 'La Favorita,'" by Antonio Pasculli, is a "virtuoso oboe solo with piano accompaniment," said Werth. It is based on the opera "La Favorita" by Donizetti.

Tickets for adults are $6, senior citizens and students, 12 and over, are $4, children 11 and under and FHSU students with I.D. are free. To purchase tickets, contact the Department of Music and Theatre at FHSU at 785-628-4533.