MURFREESBORO — The Greenbrook Ensemble, featuring MTSU faculty saxophonist Paula Van Goes and pianist Lillian Pearson and former MTSU flutist Jessica Dunnavant, will present a special free recital at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in Hinton Hall inside MTSU's Wright Music Building.
Van Goes said their performance will showcase three compositions created specifically for the ensemble, including the world premiere of Tom Dempster's "To Correspond with Sparrows."
Dempster’s piece “features rhythmic Morse-code-like sections interspersed with bird song imitations and more traditional melodies," Van Goes explained, adding that his music showcases the instruments’ modern techniques, “but never in an arbitrary way.”
The ensemble, which Van Goes and Dunnavant founded in 2007 to specialize in woodwind music from around the world, also will perform works they commissioned by composers Phillippe Geiss and Ingrid Stolzel and a final piece by Paul Hayden.
Van Goes teaches saxophone and other classes in MTSU’s School of Music, and her colleague Pearson teaches piano and harpsichord courses. Formerly an adjunct music faculty member, Dunnavant is now teaching flute privately in Nashville.
For more information on this and other MTSU School of Music events, call 615-898-2493 or visit www.mtsumusic.com and click on the "Concert Calendar" link.