Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[076] Duo Damiana plans unique Sept. 9 flute/guitar performance at MTSU

MURFREESBORO — Duo Damiana, a flute/guitar group, will present a free public concert Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m. in Hinton Music Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building.

Guitarist Dieter Hennings and flutist Molly Barth will be performing works by Michael Fiday, Shafer Mahoney, Hebert Vazquez, Ricardo Zohn Muldoon, David Lang, Chen Yi and Toru Takemitsu.

Barth, a Grammy Award-winning flutist and assistant professor of flute at the University of Oregon, specializes in the music of today with a primary focus on contemporary chamber music.

She and Hennings, who teaches classical guitar at the University of Kentucky, met through a mutual friend, composer Muldoon, and created Duo Damiana to focus on broadening the cutting-edge body of repertoire for flute and guitar.

Barth has recently performed in Australia, Korea and Mexico and has played solo recitals and led clinics at sites including the Oberlin Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory and the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music.

She won the 2008 Grammy Award for “Best Chamber Music Performance” for “Strange Imaginary Animals,” an album by the new music sextet she founded, “eighth blackbird.” Barth also is the co-founder of the Beta Collide New Music Project.

Hennings has been a soloist with Canada’s New Music Concerts Ensemble, the University of Arizona Philharmonic, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Monterrey and the Tito Sccipa Orchestra of Lecce, Italy. He is a resident artist at the East Coast Composers Ensemble and the Eastman Broad Band Ensemble, with whom he maintains an active performing schedule.

Hennings has won numerous national and international competitions, and his recent engagements include concerts with pop singer Natalie Merchant and baroque violinist Monica Huggett as well as appearances at the Mexican Embassy in Rome, Festival SpazioMusica of Cagliari, Julliard’s Paul Hall and the New England Conservatory.

During this past summer, Duo Damiana mentored 97 young composers and numerous performers at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium and performed at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago. Along with their Tennessee stops, their 2014-15 season includes performances in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

You can listen to a performance by Duo Damiana of "Vent," composed by David Lang and arranged by Hennings, on Barth's website at http://mollybarth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/02-Lang-Vent-Barth-Dieter-IU-2.mp3.

For more information on this and other concerts in the MTSU School of Music, call 615-898-2493 or visit http://www.mtsumusic.com and click on the "Concert Calendar" link. You also can find a campus parking map at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap14-15.

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