Guitar and flute concert to explore music history

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Michael Shipma

Staff Writer

The John M. Long School of Music will present a guitar and flute concert performed by Robert Gibson and Rachel Nozny on Friday, April 17, in the Sorrell Chapel.

The concert, entitled “Duo R2,” is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

“Each piece features (Gibson and Nozny),”  Nozny said. “They are all duo pieces, and they all span over different time periods.”

Between the two, Nozny and Gibson combine for over 50 years of experience playing their instruments, with Nozny performing on the flute, and Gibson handling guitar.

The music that will be played will range from the early 19th century to more modern and contemporary arrangements of guitar and flute duets.

The concert will seek to take its audience through a history of the instruments through listening to the progression in style and melodies.

Nozny and Gibson said they are encouraging people attending the concert to arrive early, as seats will fill up quickly.

Both Nozny and Gibson said they are anticipating a good crowd to come to the concert, and are encouraging not only students but also the average local music lover to attend as well.

“Anyone who has never been to a faculty concert, who is interested in either of our instruments, or who has never really been to a Troy concert, this

will be a great introduction for them,” Nozny said.

Both faculty members said they are hoping that the concert will help give potential students from area high schools a better idea of who the instructors are as well as the style and performances that take place at the university.

“Our performances will range from the early 19th century flute and guitar repertoire all the way through more modern pieces,” Gibson said.

The concert will consist of five arrangements that will feature 19th century works from Mauro Giuliani and Mario Castelnuvo-Tedesco, to more contemporary pieces composed by Toru Takemitsu and Astor Piazzolla. The concert will also feature a piece written by Tucker McKee, a junior at Troy University.

Both performers said they believe that the concert will be very audience-friendly and will invoke imagery through the melodies and harmonies of the music being played.

“The ‘Towards the Sea’ piece by Takemitsu, for example, will call for an alto flute, which is a bigger flute,” Nozny said. “I will be using a lot of extended techniques to invoke imagery from the ocean.”

The concert will be educational as well as entertaining in nature, focusing on showcasing the work and skill of the two instructors to give both students and local attendees a perspective on the work they are doing at Troy.

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