Brass recital to be presented at Ripon College Oct. 22

Guest recitalists Demondrae Thurman, euphonium, and Kathryn Fouse, piano, will perform in the Chamber Music and Jazz at Ripon series Friday, Oct. 22, at Ripon College. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts. It will be free and open to the public. Per Ripon College policy, all visitors to campus are required to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces.

The program will feature works for solo euphonium, including “Light” from Mediations of Sound and Light,” by Anthony Barfield; “Fantasy Variations,” by Ysauhide Ito; “Sonata for Euphonium and Piano,” by Barbara York; “Songs of Sorrow,” by James Neigus; and “Fantasie,” by Jim Stephenson.

During the afternoon, Thurman also will lead an open brass masterclass with Ripon College students from the brass studio of Dr. Jessica Jensen, adjunct professor of music. The masterclass will run from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in Demmer Recital Hall. This event also is free and open to the public, and masking is required.

Thurman is a professor of music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He also serves on the faculty of Samford University and has given masterclasses and clinics at many of the world’s leading colleges and universities for low brass.

Over the last 20 years, he has established a worldwide reputation through his varied experiences as a euphonium soloist, educator, chamber musician and conductor. He gives performances throughout the world and is a frequently invited guest at many of the most noted festivals and conferences for low brass. He is known for his signature sound and overt musicality.

Fouse is dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. She also maintains an active performing career both as a soloist and as a professional accompanist for soloists and at many international competitions and festivals.

She enjoys sharing her passion for new music with audiences and actively seeks collaborative ventures with like-minded artists. Her collaboration with visual artist Larry Thompson, “Aural Vision: Art Inspired by Sound,” has traveled to three continents. Her research on the Surrealist movement and its influence on American composers as well as the connections between art and music have been widely presented.


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