Expect the unexpected at upcoming Faculty Recital

Faculty Recital features original works by Paul Geraci

Expect the unexpected at upcoming Faculty Recital

Dr. Paul Geraci, Assistant Professor of Music at MSU Texas, said to expect the unexpected at his upcoming Faculty Recital performance. He prefers to think of it as a concert instead of a recital. “This will be quite different than any other recital. In fact, it’s not a recital as nothing is to be recited,” he said. “All are original works composed by me.”

Geraci, with students and other professors, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in Akin Auditorium. Admission is free.

“Because I am a trumpet player, it seems only right to perform a trumpet piece,” he said. He will perform “Fanfare for a Dying Age” on a long herald trumpet. “I suppose you could also call it a heavy metal piece because I usually perform it in a full suit of armor,” Geraci said, then added, “Just kidding ... or am I?”

Students Brianna Boone and Macy Mullins will sing accompanied by Sandra Cunningham. Boone will sing Geraci’s composition, “Winter’s Puzzle.” Geraci said the song was a puzzle song as the lyrics form a giant palindrome, words that read the same backward and forward.

Mullins will perform an alliteration song called “W,” where every lyric starts with the letter W.

“There is More,” a song from Geraci’s third opera, ROBOTS, will be performed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Morgan Mallory.

Assistant Professor of Music William Hayter will premiere a work for bass clarinet, with Dr. Ruth Morrow on piano, called “Melibokus.”

In a piece Geraci calls “Ritual,” he will blend Japanese and American rock guitar sounds with music technology and MIDI lasers.

Geraci will close the concert with “The Summoning” on the didgeridoo. “This is an Australian instrument and is always a crowd-pleaser,” he said.

Other music upcoming music events include the Music Series at Akin with cellist Julie Albers and pianist Orion Weiss at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, and a percussion concert by Assistant Professor of Music Corey Robinson at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1. All are in Akin Auditorium.

Admission for the percussion concert is free. Music Series at Akin tickets may be purchased by contacting the MSU Department of Music in the Fain Fine Arts Center at 940-397-4267 or visiting the Fine Arts tickets web page. General admission tickets are $25 for each performance. Tickets for senior citizens and military are $23.

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