Petite Musique: Maria Hardning
April 30th, 2013
Omaha, NE — Fantastic Flute Fireworks are coming to a stage near you.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/petite-harding-web-043013.mp3]
The final performance in UNOâ€™s â€œPetite Musiqueâ€ concert series is Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 pm. Maria Harding, principal flutist with the Omaha Symphony, will be joined by the Symphonyâ€™s pianist, Christi Zuniga. The recital will open with Martinâ€™s â€œBallade,â€ which Harding says reflects more than one meaning of the word, â€œballad.â€
â€œThe middle section has actually kind of a dance quality to it, and a lot of interplay with the piano, kind of supporting the idea of a dance, that thereâ€™s a real partnership there.â€
The next work on the concert is Lowell Liebermannâ€™s â€œFlute Sonata.â€ Liebermann is a living composer whose music is quite popular. Harding points out that Liebermannâ€™s music is often less cerebral than his contemporaries.
â€œThe chords that he builds or the melodies that he draws out are ones that just resonate with us on an instinctive level. I think the way he writes phrases, the rhythms are not unlike speech patterns.â€
Harding and Zuniga with then play two of Dvorakâ€™s four â€œRomantic Pieces,â€ originally for violin, followed by Ian Clarkâ€™s â€œOrange Dawn.â€ Clark is a flute player whose knowledge of flute technique allows him to find new ways to creatively express ideas.
â€œThe alternative fingerings (are) used liberally to kind of give it that â€œotherworldlyâ€ thatâ€™s exactly the quality that it has.â€
The final work on this recital is the third movement from the â€œFlute Sonataâ€ by Thomas Briccetti, former music director of the Omaha Symphony. Harding says this work is fantastic way to end the concert.
â€œItâ€™s a huge work, itâ€™s pretty heavy, kind of contrary to the lightness of the instrument. It tries to be big and Brahms and pretty long piece, too.â€
Maria Harding and Christi Zuniga perform on UNOâ€™s final â€œPetite Musiqueâ€ recital of the season this Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm. Harding and Zuniga will also hold a masterclass today at 5 pm. Both are at UNOâ€™s Strauss Performing Arts Center, and more information is available at unomaha.edu.
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