FSU Student Joshua Bittinger to Present Junior Clarinet Recital

FSU Student Joshua Bittinger to Present Junior Clarinet Recital

More About FSU Student Joshua Bittinger to Present Junior Clarinet Recital

Frostburg State University student Joshua Bittinger will present his junior clarinet recital on Sunday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. He will be accompanied by guest artist Dr. Mark Gallagher on the clarinet and Joseph Yungen on the piano. The recital is free and open to the public.

Bittinger will perform “Sonatina” by Malcolm Arnold, “Raga Music” by John Mayer and “Concertstucke No. 2” by Felix Mendelssohn.

Completed in 1951 by Arnold, a British composer who won an Oscar for “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” “Sonatina” was given its first performance that year in London. The piece is in three brief movements. Three themes dominate the first movement, “Allegro con brio.” The first is a bit wild, with several wide leaps from the piano, the second hints at jazz rhythms and the third provides a quiet interlude before the concluding return of the opening theme. The second movement, “Andantino,” is gentle and lovely, and the third, appropriately marked “Furioso,” is a breathless dance in triple meter.

“Raga Music” was written in 1957 by John Mayer, an Indian composer known primarily for his fusions of jazz with Indian music. This set of pieces was composed for a solo clarinet and consists of nine movements: “Vilasakhani,” “Megha” (“Rainy Season”), “Vibhasa” (“Sunrise”), “Gunakali” (“Morning”), “Shri” (“Afternoon”), “Pilu” (“Evening”), “Puravi” (“End of Day”), “Kanada” (“In the Deep of Night”) and “Vasanta” (“Spring Raga”).

Mendelssohn was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early romantic period who wrote symphonies, concertos, oratorios, piano music and chamber music. After a long period of relative denigration due to changing musical tastes and antisemitism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his creative originality has been re-evaluated and he is now among the most popular composers of the romantic era. His “Concertstucke No. 2” was originally written for clarinet and basset horn with piano in 1833, but unlike the first “Concert Piece,” the later orchestration was not done by Mendelssohn but by clarinetist and composer Carl Baermann.

Bittinger studies under Gallagher at FSU and is a recipient of the Talent in the Arts Scholarship. He anticipates graduating in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in music performance with a focus in the clarinet. A graduate of Mountain Ridge High School in Frostburg, he is the son of Rodney and Tammy Bittinger of Barton, Md.

For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

Tags: Arts And Entertainment

Posted By: Robyn Wilson, Town Planner Community Calendar

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Date: April 1, 2018
Time: 7:00pm -

Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, Maryland 21532

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