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Hannigans to Give Flute, Piano Concert

Oct 22, 2014 03:29PM ● By Erica Shames

Flutist Mary Hannigan and pianist Barry Hannigan will give a concert Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Recital Hall in the Weis Music Building.

The program, which is free and open to the public, includes four sonatas by K.P.E. Bach, Prokofieff, Liebermann, Burton, and a piece imitating bird calls by Messiaen.

"The Prokofieff work is possibly the finest sonata ever written for flute and piano," said Barry Hannigan. "If you like Prokofieff's music for Romeo and Juliet, you'll like this sonata. The Liebermann is a neo-romantic work with a gorgeous opening melody, followed by a perpetual-motion toccata. It has one of the most exciting finishes of any piece in the entire flute repertory. The Burton work is the only piece that Burton is known for, but it's become a standard work in the flute repertory," he said.

A member of the Harrisburg Symphony since 1984, Mary Hannigan performs with her husband, Barry Hannigan, pianist, and "esprit!" a flute and harp duo with Rebecca Kauffman. She teaches performance studies in flute at Dickinson College, where she is a member of the Faculty Wind Quintet. She also has taught at Susquehanna University, Bucknell University, Wilkes University and Colorado College. For many summers she was on the faculty of Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado and performed on the Music in the Mountains concert series.

She has recorded for S.C.I. and performed widely across the United States as soloist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. Notable performances include Market Square Summerfest in Harrisburg with the Ying Quartet, the national convention of the Music Teachers National Association, and the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase for radio WQXR in New York City.

A professor of music at Bucknell, Barry Hannigan is known for his performances throughout the United States and in Europe. He had his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall and his European debut at the Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.

He has performed in Russia, England, Ireland, Norway and New Zealand, and he has appeared as guest artist at a host of American universities. Festival and series performances include venues such as Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Syracuse New Music Society, Wildflower Festival and Roulette in New York City.

On the roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, for three years he toured Pennsylvania promoting works by living Pennsylvania composers, underwritten by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Dozens of his performances have been aired on National Public Radio affiliate stations across the United States. He has received a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as many awards and prizes, including those from the Ford, Belin, Surdna and Presser foundations.

He has released three solo CDs for Black Canyon Records: Brio, Kaleidoscope, and Rachmaninoff to Ragtime. Sample performances with orchestra include Rachmaninoff's Paganini Variations with the Omaha Symphony and a chamber concerto written for him that was premiered with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He is the recipient of the Lindback Award, given by Bucknell University for inspirational teaching.

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