Guest recital with alumnus Davis Brooks set for Sept. 8

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Davis Brooks, a 1975 alumnus of the School of Music, returns to the campus of Penn State to present a recital of 20th and 21st-century music for solo violin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I.

Brooks comes from a diverse musical background as soloist, pedagogue, orchestral musician, studio musician, concertmaster on Broadway, conductor and chamber musician. His teaching experiences have included faculty appointments at Baylor University, Wayne State University, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and Bucknell University. He is currently professor of violin at Butler University in Indianapolis.

In addition to his present position as interim concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Brooks was a member of the Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center for 10 years, and he also was a member of the New York Chamber Symphony for 19 years; an organization that produced more than 20 critically acclaimed recordings during his tenure. He has been concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New England, the Harrisburg Symphony (Pennsylvania) and the Waco Symphony (Texas).

He performs frequently with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and is concertmaster of the Fishers Chamber Players. In addition, he is active in the many recording studios in the Indianapolis area. He recently released two solo CDs, one of music for violin and electronic media titled "Violin and Electronics," and one of the violin music of composer C. P. First. Both are available on iTunes and eMusic.

Program (to be selected from)

Caprice No. 1 - Mark O'Connor
Louisiana Strut (2001) - Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
The Stream Flows (1990) - Bright Sheng                                                                               
Strung Out (1969) - Philip Glass (for electric violin)                                                               
Lines from Poetry (1992) - Ronald Caltabiano
    Moderato (Robert Browning)
    Allegro flessibile (Jim Barnes)
    Andante (C. P. Cavafy)
    Andante moderato (Walt Whitman)
    Adagio molto (Sandro Penna)
    Andante moderato (e.e cummings)
    Adagio molto (W.H. Auden)
    Presto (John Ashbery),
    Prestissimo (Margaret Atwood)
    Andante (Thomas Gray),
    Adagio (Thomas Gray)
Ride (2012) - Balee Pongklad
Fantasy for violin and tape (1991) - James Aikman
Blues/Forms (1972) - Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
    Plain Blues
    Just Blues
    Jettin’ Blue/s

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Last Updated September 11, 2013