The SUNY Fredonia School of Music presents a faculty recital featuring bassoonist Laura Koepke with special guests on Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus. This event is free and open to the public.
This evening of chamber music is the first faculty recital of the new academic year and includes Richard Strauss' Duo Concertino for clarinet and bassoon with guests Jay East (clarinet) and I-Fei Chen (piano), Georg Philipp Telemann's Sonata IV for two bassoons with bassoon student Alex Davis, and Beethoven's Sextet, Op. 71 with Andrew Seigel and Liz Widzinski (clarinet), Renee Dee (bassoon), Marc Guy and Neil Kimel (horn). In addition, Koepke will perform four short bassoon chamber pieces with members of her studio.
Koepke, Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the State University of New York at Fredonia, has performed with many of New York's finest orchestras, including numerous concerts with the world-renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, on European and U.S. tours, and at home in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. She has also performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Composers Orchestra, New York Pops, American Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York City Opera, and the Westchester Philharmonic. Since 1998, Koepke has been a member of the internationally acclaimed woodwind quintet, Quintet of the Americas. Three recordings with the quintet include "Dancing in Columbia" (MSR Classics,) "Karel Husa-Recollections" (New World Records,) and "Sounds of Brazil" (MSR Classics.)
SUNY Fredonia bassoonist Laura Koepke will give a faculty recital with special guests on Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall.
Koepke has performed as a guest artist with Zephyros Winds, North Country Chamber Players, Sequitur, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Also a member of the Curiously Strong Winds, Koepke has performed at the Bard Festival, Bang on a Can, and Festival of the Hamptons. Other festival appearances include the Lincoln Center Festival, Bar Harbor Music Festival, Maverick Concerts, and the Weekend of Chamber Music Festival. Koepke joined the SUNY Fredonia music faculty in 2007. Previous teaching positions include New York University, Manhattan School of Music Pre-college, Aaron Copland School of music at Queens College, and Western Connecticut State University. She graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College and holds a Masters Degree and Artist Diploma from Yale University School of Music, where she studied with Stephen Maxym and Frank Morelli.
Kimel is also the featured presenter for the School of Music's first Health and Success Symposium on Sept. 10. The symposium includes workshops and sessions throughout the day and a special presentation in the evening. Additional clinicians include Joaquin Farias from Seville, Spain, and Maxine Davis from NYC. The main topics of the day will be Focal Dystonia among performers, Feldenkrais as a technique for performers, and effective preparation for abnormally stressful situations, such as interviews or performance auditions. Details about this event will be available online at Fredonia.edu/music.