Dordt College News

Guest musicians to present flute, piano concert

September 6, 2007

Hall and Higdon

James Hall and Patricia Higdon will present a flute and piano program at the B.J. Haan Auditorium in Sioux Center on Friday, Sept. 14. The 7:30 p.m. concert is free, courtesy of the Dordt College Music Department.

Hall and Higdon are professional musicians on the faculty at the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, They have performed at Carnegie Hall and in recital halls throughout the U.S., and were recently awarded the top prize in the prestigious Artist Presentation Society competition held in St. Louis, Missouri.

The flute and piano duo will perform sonatas by Bach and Poulenc, along with compositions by Faure, Messiaen, Barber, Beaser and Schoenfield.

Flutist James Hall is a solo recitalist, chamber player, orchestral musician, concerto soloist, and teacher. He is co-principal flutist of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, and former principal flutist of the St. Joseph Symphony. He has been featured soloist with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Conservatory of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he earned both Master's and doctoral degrees. Dr. Hall also serves on the flute and chamber music faculties of Pittsburg State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory’s Academy of Music and Dance.

Pianist Patricia Higdon is a chamber musician, teacher, musical coach, and accompanist for graduate students at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She annually performs in dozens of recitals with faculty, graduate students, and acclaimed artists from around the world. Higdon is in constant demand as a pianist for master classes and recording sessions; is a keyboardist in the Chamber Music Society of Kansas City, and is a member of the Aurora Trio.

This special program is hosted by the Dordt College Music Department, where more than 300 U.S. and international students participate in music performance by means of four choral groups, two orchestras, and three bands. Music scholarships are available to qualified students.

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