Pair of Heidelberg instructors prepare for public recitals

Heidleberg University music school faculty members are starting the recital season with a pair of performances this weekend in Brenneman Music Hall on campus.

Faculty member Steven Kruse and Diane Phoenix-Neal, a visiting professor at Central College in Pella, Iowa, are to join forces to present a recital of viola music at 7 p.m. Friday. Principal accompanist is Jeffrey Walker on harpsichord and piano.

Also assisting are Renee Boubeaux on cello, Gregg Emerson Powell on bass, Kalindi Bellach on viola and Penny Thompson Kruse on viola.

The program includes “Sonata in G Major, Op. 2, No. 6” by William Flackton, “Lament for Two Violas” by Frank Bridge, “Ceaseless Spinning of Two Things, for Two Violas” by Jerzy Kornowicz, “Tocatta” by Girolamo Frescobaldi, “Elegy for Viola and Piano” by Elliott Carter and “Capriccio for Solo Viola” by Henri Vieuxtemps.

The musicians are to close with “Brandenburg Concerto No. 6” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Faculty member Carol Dusdieker, a soprano, is to give her recital at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Lineage: Nadia Boulanger and her American Protegees” is to feature works by Boulanger, John Duke, Leonard Bernstein, Thomas Pasatieri and Mark Blitzstein.

Fellow faculty member Margarita Denenburg is to accompany on piano.

Boulanger was a French composer, teacher and conductor who taught many of the leading composers and musicians of the 20th century.

Also a performer on piano and organ, Boulanger was the first woman to conduct many major orchestras in America and Europe, including works by Aaron Copland and Igor Stravinsky.

Both concerts are free. To learn more, call (419) 448-2073.