Pianist John Ingram, violinist Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith and flutist Dr. Wendell Dobbs will present a full program of music from the 20th century at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in Smith Recital Hall. Featured on the program will be works by Martinu, Ibert and Rota.
Smith and Dobbs are members of the music faculty but for Ingram, this is a return to Marshall. In the 1980s, Ingram pursued a graduate degree at Marshall studying piano with Kenneth Marchant. He then became a doctoral candidate in the piano performance program at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. His career led him in another direction, though, and he’s been a grant writer, mostly for nonprofits, for many years. In recent times he’s felt the attraction of music once again.
The program will begin with Bohuslav Martinu’s Madrigal Sonata. A native Czech composer, Martinu also spent time in Paris and the United States. Nino Rota, whose trio will end the program, is best remembered as the Italian prodigy who came to America and composed music for 150 movies including “The Godfather.” Between the Martinu and Rota works will be Jacques Ibert’s Two Interludes. Like Rota, Ibert was active in writing music for movies, though, also like Rota, his compositional output was extraordinarily diverse and defied categorization.
The program is free and open to the public. Call the School of Music and Theatre at ext.6-3117 for more information.