On Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m., some beautiful melodies will be wafting from the wings of Mount Vernon Music Hall at 402 Leftwich.
Dr. James Scott, dean of the College of Music at the University of North Texas, and MVM player Debbie Rogers will be performing on flute. Joining them will be MVM players Steven Harlos on piano, Mark Miller on violin and Ute Miller on viola.
“James Scott is a fantastic musician,” said Harlos. “I am very excited about this concert. We’re doing a variety of music, all featuring Jim’s beautiful and brilliant flute playing.”
According to Dr. Scott, the program will be varied.
“We start with a post-Romantic Serenade by Max Reger, using the same unusual combination of flute, violin, and viola, as a serenade by Beethoven,” Dr. Scott explained.
Dr. Scott believes that “Reger definitely had Beethoven’s piece in mind when he wrote his two serenades for the same combination.”
“Another unusual combination will be heard in Arthur Honneger’s atmospheric and exciting Rapsodie for two flutes, viola, and piano,” Dr. Scott continued. “The first half will conclude with what can only be described as a romp for two flutes and piano—Doppler’s Fantasy on Verdi’s Rigoletto. The second half will include a Spanish-inspired work, Two Interludes for Flute, Violin, and Piano, by the 20th century French composer Jacques Ibert, and will conclude with the broadly romantic Sonata in A Major by Gabriel Faure, originally composed for violin and piano, but presented with flute instead of violin.”
Scott brings an impressive resumé to this performance. He has spent the last four decades as a musician, teacher and administrator.
He earned degrees in both piano and flute from the Oberlin Conservatory (Ohio) and the Peabody Conservatory (Maryland). While a student at Emory University, he won a position with the Atlanta Symphony, which made him the youngest member in the symphony’s history.
Prior to coming to the University of North Texas in 2001, Scott served as the head of the music program at Rutgers University (New Jersey). He also served as the associate dean for instruction and professor of flute at Indiana University and as director of the School of Music at the University of Illinois.
“I have enjoyed following the Development of Mount Vernon Music since it was first conceived,” Dr. Scott said. “Its dedicated board has brought about a truly unique artistic identity, and I am honored to be included in its series. I look forward to experiencing the venue first-hand, and working with such fine musicians on a program that I hope will bring much pleasure to the patrons of the series.”
Tickets to the May 3 performance are $10 for members, $15 non-members, students and children under 12 free of charge.
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