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Faculty Recital featuring Dr. Shannon Wettstein Sadler, Piano
February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Travel the World Through 300 years of Piano Music
As long as people have been traveling, people have been making music about travel. Dr. Shannon Wettstein Sadler, Assistant Professor of Music, St. Cloud State University will present a solo piano recital of works inspired by travel on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7:30pm in Ruth Gant Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center at St. Cloud State University.
The program includes the work that launched this project, Der Saus und Braus (The Fun Runner), written in 2017 by Texas composer Joseph Klein. Based on a character in the writings of Elias Canetti, The Fun Runner is about the excitement of being an international jet setter. Pillars of the program are two works written about travel from the perspective of the one left behind to stay home: J.S. Bach’s Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother, written in 1704 when Bach was just nineteen years old on the occasion of his older brother’s departure to be a court musician in Sweden, and Beethoven’s Les Adieux Sonata, Op. 81a (1809-1810), dedicated to his friend and patron, Archduke Rudolph, who was forced to leave Vienna because of Napoleon’s attack on the city. Andrew May’s Charnel House (2010), inspired by the music of Frederic Chopin and the lives of exiled refugees who have fled — and continue to flee to this day — war torn parts of the world, as well as the memory of those who were not able to escape the horrors of war and foreign occupation. Liszt’s Aubord d’une source (1855) captures memories and sounds of travel in new cultures, much like a musical postcard, while Chopin’s Polonaise Fantasie, Op. 61 (1846) communicates homesickness for his native Poland through the folk rhythms of the polonaise. Mark Applebaum’s Discipline 5: Travels in Outer Space (1998) is inspired by the self-mythology of the late musician Sun Ra, who claimed that he ‘arrived’ on planet earth after being born on Saturn.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information call (320) 308-3224 or go to www.shannonwettstein.com