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Music Department Faculty Recital to Feature Piano Duo, Theatre Collaboration

“This is a chance to hear two dynamic works that are not often performed, all presented by first-rate performers, both faculty and students,” said Michael
Rowlett, assistant professor of music.

The concert is set for 8 p.m. Nov. 7 in Nutt Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased at the UM Box Office.

The first half of the program will feature music faculty Stacy Rodgers and Diane Wang playing J.S. Bach’s “C Minor Concerto for Two Keyboards.” Student  string players from the L-O-U orchestra will accompany them.

“The Bach piece gives one of our faculty chamber ensembles, the piano duo, a chance to perform together with one of our student ensembles,” Rowlette  said.

The second half of the program features Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” a collaborative effort of the music and theatre departments. The piece is  an experimental blend of music and theater, written in 1917, and it tells the story of a soldier who sells his soul to the devil in the form of a violin. A  faculty chamber ensemble will perform the music, conducted by Ronald Vernon, emeritus music professor. A trio of actors and dancers will perform the play,  directed by Michael Ewing and choreographed by Jennifer Mizenko, both faculty in the theater department.

“Stravinsky’s work presents a special challenge, since it brings together musical, theatrical and dance elements, and since the parts are quite
challenging for all of the actors and musicians,” Rowlett said. “As a participant in the Stravinsky, I can say that this work has given me the chance
to work together with faculty colleagues and students I otherwise might not have met, and it has been a deeply rewarding experience.”

Rowlett was pleased with the opportunity to work with the theatre department.

“The possibility for these sorts of collaborations, among students and faculty from different departments, is part of what makes working at Ole Miss so
exciting,” he said.

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