Cottonwood Music Project tunes up for a third year

Four days of music capped by a concert will begin Monday, March 14, with the Cottonwood Music Project at Fort Hays State University.

The project includes four free musical events, ending with the concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. This concert is a fund-raiser for the Instrument Replacement Fund for FHSU's Department of Music.

There are two ticket categories for the concert. Regular tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and students 13-18 years of age. Patron tickets are $20 and include admission to the concert, admission to the reception following the concert, and name recognition in the program. Deadline for Patron tickets is March 7, 2005.

Please call the Music Department at (785) 628-4533 for further ticket information.

This is the third consecutive year of the revived Cottonwood Music Project, which was begun in the late 1990s by Dr. Elinor Freer, a former assistant professor of music at FHSU, as a way to provide the community and the schools with a week-long celebration of music. The project was brought back in the 2002-03 school year thanks to a generous gift from, Dr. Claire Matthews, retired professor of communication disorders, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Heartland Arts Fund and the Kansas Arts Commission.

In addition to FHSU faculty members Dr. James L. Brown, tenor and assistant professor of music, and Matthew Means, violin, assistant professor of music, the festival will star prominent guest musicians.

Jeffrey Agrell, horn, was for 25 years associate principal horn of the Lucerne (Switzerland) Symphony and has won awards as both a writer and composer. He teaches at the University of Iowa and gives frequent concerts and workshops around the country. Natasha Farny, cello, is assistant principal cellist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and plays often with many orchestras in New England. She serves on the faculties of the Cambridge School of Weston and the North Shore Youth Symphony, both in Massachusetts. James Nalley, piano, is known internationally as a recitalist and recording artist and teaches at Florida State University. He has judged many competitions in the USA and abroad, including the Wolf Trap Competition.

Dr. Junghwa Lee, assistant professor of music, is director of the 2004-2005 Cottonwood Music Project.

The musical program for the final concert is "Duo No. 1 in C Major," WoO 27, arranged for violin and cello, by Ludwig van Beethoven; "Auf dem Strom," D. 943, for tenor, horn and piano, by Franz Schubert; "Trio in E minor," Op. 67, for violin, cello and piano, by Dmitri Shostakovich; "Canticle III," Op. 55, for tenor, horn and piano, by Benjamin Britten; and "Trio for violin, horn and piano in E-flat Major," Op. 40, by Johannes Brahms.

People who attend the festival will also have the opportunity to win valuable prizes, including Encore Series tickets for the 2005-06 season; season tickets for the FHSU Music Department concert and recital series and Theater Department productions; a year's membership or gift certificate for the Hays Arts Council; a framed poster of this year's Cottonwood Project, signed by the performers; and CDs made by the performers and others will be sold at all events for a $5 donation.

The drawing will be at the concert on March 17.

The four free musical events are:

-- Open rehearsal from 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

-- Master class, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at Beach/Schmidt. Guest artists James Nalley, piano, and Natasha Farny, cello, will share their expertise with select students and the public.

-- Cottonwood Sampler, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Hays Public Library Gallery. The Sampler will include excerpts from and discussions of the works that will be played at the concert.

-- Master Class, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Beach/Schmidt. Guest artists Jeffrey Agrell, French horn, and Farney will share their expertise with select students and the public.

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