BHSU faculty to perform in music recital

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, January 27, 2015/Categories: 2015








            Dr. Christopher Hahn, instructor of music at Black Hills State University, left, and Colleen McKirdy, will perform during the Christopher Hahn Faculty Trumpet Recital. Performances are Sunday, Feb. 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the South Dakota School of Mines &amp Technology Music Center in Rapid City and Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus.



Black Hills State University&rsquos music department will open its 2015 season with a faculty trumpet recital featuring Dr. Christopher Hahn.

Hahn, instructor of music at BHSU, will be accompanied by Colleen McKirdy on the piano for two performances. The first recital is Sunday, Feb. 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the South Dakota School of Mines &amp Technology Music Center in Rapid City. The second performance is Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Clare &amp Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus. The event is free and open to the public. Donations for music scholarships will be accepted at the door.

Hahn will perform three selections during his recital. The first, called "Toying" by Eric Nathan, is a three-piece movement for an unaccompanied trumpet. The selection&rsquos melodies stir up an image of children&rsquos toys.

The first movement in the series, "Wind-Up," strings together melodies that sound like a child&rsquos wind-up toy roaming around a room.  The second movement, "Elegy for a Toy Soldier," is a memorial to a fallen toy soldier in a make-believe battle. The third and final movement, "Ventriloquizing," treats the trumpet as a puppet and the performer as its ventriloquist. The trumpet takes on the role of several characters in the movement, similar to a theatrical piece.

Hahn said he selected "Toying" because of its uniqueness. To perform the selection, Hahn is required to use extended techniques to create the unique sounds associated with the piece.

"I pull slides out of the instrument and undo valves to make new sounds," Hahn said.

The second selection, "Song Without Words" by David John Lang, is a duet with the flugelhorn and piano. The flugelhorn is a brass instrument that resembles a trumpet, but has a wider, conical bore. Hahn said McKirdy&rsquos piece on the piano will also have a unique sound, as mallets will be placed on the strings of the piano.

The final selection in the recital is a standard trumpet piece, "Concerto for Trumpet" by Alexander Arutunian, which Hahn said will be a crowd pleaser.

Hahn, who has been at BHSU for 15 years, said he holds a recital each year.

The Christopher Hahn faculty trumpet recital is just the beginning of a packed schedule for the BHSU music department. The following is a list of music department events for the spring semester. Concerts will be held in Clare &amp Josef Meier Hall unless otherwise noted.

&middot Feb. 1: Christopher Hahn Faculty Trumpet Recital, 3:30 p.m., SDSM&ampT Music Center, Rapid City

&middot Feb. 5: Christopher Hahn Faculty Trumpet Recital, 7:30 p.m.

&middot Feb. 15: Duo Piano Recital, 2:30 p.m.

&middot Feb. 21: J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.

&middot Feb. 26: BHSU New Music Extravaganza, 7:30 p.m.

&middot March 2: Concert Band Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m.

&middot March 6-7: Opera Workshop: Iolanthe, 7:30 p.m.

&middot March 15: Jeremy Johnston Percussion Recital, 2:30 p.m.

&middot March 28: SD NATS competition, All Day

&middot March 29: Dakota Chamber Orchestra, 2:30 p.m.

&middot April 11: Concert Choir w/BHSO, 7:30 p.m. in Rapid City

&middot April 13: BHSU Choral Festival, 7 p.m.

&middot April 14: Community Choir, 7:30 p.m.

&middot April 18: Concert Choir &amp Chamber Singers, 7:30 p.m., Rapid City

&middot April 19: Concert Choir &amp Chamber Singers, 2:30 p.m.

&middot April 23: Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m.

&middot April 24: Concert Band End of the Year Concert, 7:30 p.m.

&middot April 27: Concert Band, 7:30 p.m.

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