January 15, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Mary Hannigan, flute, and Barry Hannigan, piano, will give a sonata recital Saturday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The recital is open to the public without charge.

According to Barry Hannigan, the theme for the recital is neo-classical sonatas from the former Soviet Union. The composers are from Russia (Prokofiev), Czechoslovakia (Jindrich Feld), and Georgia (Otar Taktakishvili).

"All three composers draw on classical models for inspiration, adding their own particular style of melodies and harmonies. The works draw on musical styles from those countries, but do not quote actual folk tunes," he said.

"A sonata recital is more of a partnership than a traditional `solo' recital, where the pianist is an accompanist and often stays in the background. Each of the works is fully written for both instruments, and each of the works explores a full range of colors and technique," said Mary Hannigan.

A member of the faculties at Susquehanna University and Dickinson College, Mary Hannigan has performed widely across the United States as a soloist, concert soloist and chamber musician. Principal flutist for orchestras in Colorado and Pennsylvania, she has been a member of the Harrisburg Symphony since 1984.

Her students have won recognition numerous times at both the national and state level by being selected to perform for the National Flute Association convention and taking prizes in competitions, including first chair in all-state band on several occasions.

Barry Hannigan is known for his piano performances throughout the United States and in Europe. An active concert soloist, he has appeared as a guest artist at numerous festivals and universities, and many of his performances have been aired on National Public Radio.

The recipient of a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, Hannigan joined the Bucknell faculty in 1978, and also has served as a faculty member of the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colo.

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Story posted Jan. 15, 2006

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