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Music Faculty Lead “An Evening Walk Through The Zoo” March 5

by Shiona Christensen

BOONE–Musical swans, wolves, boa constrictors and bobolinks invade Appalachian State University’s Rosen Concert Hall on Tuesday, March 5, during the Hayes School of Music’s Faculty Recital Series.

The program “An Evening Walk Through the Zoo” begins at 8 p.m. and features pieces chosen by the performers that highlight the lives of zoo animals.

Admission is free.

“It will be a fun evening, a real tongue-in-cheek program,” said Dr. Jay Jackson, assistant dean of the Hayes School of Music.

Opening the performance is cellist Kenneth Lurie playing “Cant dell Oello,” a work by Pablo Casals. Lurie also will perform “The Swan,” a piece from Camille Saint-Saens “The Carnival of the Animals.”

Mezzo-soprano Priscilla Peebles sings the “Six Fables de la Fontaine” by Jacques Offenbach.

Pianist Rodney Reynerson will perform a Claude Debussy piece.

Also featured in the evening are Karen Robertson Smith on the horn and Bair Shagdaron on the piano performing music from “Songs of the Wolf.” Rounding out the walk through the zoo is a piece by Quinto Maganini, “The Boa Constrictor and the Bobolink,” played by Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham on the piccolo and Harold McKinney on the trombone.

The Faculty Recital Series has become a favorite in the Hayes School of Music for both the faculty and the audience.

The series allows faculty to showcase their talents for the community.

Each performance in the series has a different theme, allowing the performers to choose pieces from a multitude of different genres.

Next month’s performance is April 9.