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WVIA-FM presents a Simply Grand Concert featuring The Mansfield University Music Faculty on April 6, 2014 - Public Invited
(2014-03-20)
(wvia) - WVIA's next Simply Grand Concert features flutist Christine Moulton and other members of the faculty of the music department of Mansfield University and will be held on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at the WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston, PA. Seating is free, but limited. To make reservations call 570-655-2808 or reserve seats online at http://www.wvia.org/about/sordoni-theater-reservations/.

The program includes pieces for a great variety of musical forces. In addition to music for flute and piano, there are songs, and a set of poems scored for narrator, flute, and piano titled Songs Without Tunes. The concert will be recorded for radio broadcast on WVIA-FM. For more information about Mansfield University, visit http://www2.mansfield.edu/.

Christine Fish Moulton is a member of the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, the Savoy Company productions in Philadelphia and the annual Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival. On baroque flute she is a member of Bethlehem Baroque. She has performed with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra at NYC's Symphony Space and Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall and has participated in the Spoleto Festivals both in the USA and Italy. Allan Kozinn said in the review in the New York Times of Richard Auldon Clark's Four Sketches for flute and string trio, "Christine Moulton gave its flute line a shapely, colorful reading " Concerts and presentations include the Pocono Flute Society, Flute Fest of Central PA, New York Flute Club's Flute Fair in Manhattan and the National Flute Convention. First place winner in the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, 1993. Her Bachelor of Arts degree is from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Masters of Music from Manhattan School of Music and DMA from Rutgers University.

As an undergraduate, Dr. Nancy Boston was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda, national music honor society. A prolific performer, she has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, as well as France, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, and Canada. She has also been active as adjudicator and guest lecturer. In addition to the standard piano repertoire, Dr. Boston has done extensive study in the area of music by women composers, and has given numerous solo and chamber programs featuring these composers. She is an active member of the International Association of Women and Music, and also teaches a course entitled "Women and Music." Most recently she released a CD of music by American female composers, which has been played on numerous NPR radio programs. Dr. Boston finished her studies at the Mozarteum - Salzburg, Austria, and the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Oboist, Dr. Susan Laib holds the position of principal oboe in both the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Williamsport Symphony. In frequent demand as a free-lance oboist and double reed clinician, she has performed for numerous organizations throughout Pennsylvania and New York and presented master classes in New Jersey as well as the Twin Tiers. As a member of the Cumberland Quintet, Dr. Laib toured Belgium and Holland and performed in the group's successful debut in the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City. She was also a featured performer at the convention of the International Double Reed Society at Ithaca College in 2007, and the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., in August, 1988. She received her degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Colorado and Florida State University.

Soprano Dr. Alissa Rose has performed numerous operatic roles, recitals, and concerts throughout the United States and in Europe. She spent several years in Germany, where she sang at the State Theaters in Osnabr ck, M nster, and Bielefeld, as well as singing with the West German Radio Chorus. Dr. Rose made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the American Composers Orchestra in the world premiere of Kristin Kuster's Myrrha, and has appeared as a soloist with many other orchestras, including the Billings Symphony, the Battle Creek Symphony, and the Bielefelder Philharmonie. Operatic roles she has performed include Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Frasquita (Carmen), C lie (Pasatieri's Signor Deluso), Berenice (Rossini's L'occasione fa il ladro), and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance). Her recording of C lie in Signor Deluso is available on Albany Records. Dr. Rose's primary teachers have been Lorraine Manz, Joyce Farwell, and Freda Herseth. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and was selected to be a member of the 2012 NATS Intern Program. Dr. Rose is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Tom Murphy, narrator, is Professor of English at Mansfield University. A regular columnist for the regional monthly magazine Mountain Home, he reviewed books about nature until 2012. Other notable publications are "The Clearing" in Amoskeag: The Journal of Southern New Hampshire University in 2009; "Nessmuk's Log of the Bucktail: The Effect of This Constant Depletion of Green Timber'" in Writing the Land: John Burroughs and his Legacy; Essays from the John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference; "George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)" in Early American Nature Writers: A Biographical Encyclopedia and "Stinging Barbarians" an essay broadcast on "Living on Earth," a National Public Radio Program in 2003. With Mansfield University colleague James Guignard, he wrote the "Introduction" and edited Literature, Writing, and the Natural World for Cambridge Scholars Publishing. His degrees are from Ohio State University and Fordham University in NY.

The WVIA "Simply Grand Concert Series" showcases the talent of regional classical musicians. Since the series began in 1990, dozens of regional musicians have been featured. The concerts are recorded for broadcast before a live audience in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA Public Media Studios.

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