UNK music honors recital and convocation is April 28

Contact: James Cook, professor of music, 308-865-8611, cookj@unk.edu

Kearney, Neb., April 25, 2013 – University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Honors musicians will perform a recital and receive honors and awards at a convocation 3 p.m. April 28 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The convocation part of the program will recognize student honors and awards. The public is welcome to this free event.

The following students will be performing, listed by hometown, along with their major and performance notes if available.

Bennington – Victoria Klaus, junior music education major.

Hickman – Kristina Price, junior elementary education major with a music minor. She will perform the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in F Minor Op. 120, No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, a four-movement work composed in 1895.

Kearney – Daniel Gibbs, senior music education and composition major.

Lincoln – Jennifer Zumwalt, senior music education major, performing works by Italian violinist Guido Papini, known as an early editor of Paganini’s 24 Caprices for solo violin.

North Platte – Barbara Lloyd, junior music education major, will perform works by German composer Maximilian von Droste-Hülshoff, who wrote symphonies and masses, some premiered by Franz Joseph Haydn in Vienna.

Palisade – JoanAnn Blomstedt, senior musical theatre major, performing Handel. Handel was one of the most influential composers of the Baroque period and is known for his works in operas, oratorios, anthems, and concertos. The most famous of his oratorios, Messiah, was composed in 1741.

Burlington, Colo. – Codie Milford, senior musical theatre major, performing “Edgar,” Giacomo Puccini’s second opera. “Questo amor…” is sung by Frank in Act I, as he laments his unrequited love, and “Lucy’s Laugh” from the theatrical song cycle Homemade Fusion by Kooman and Dimond, described as “a series of musical snapshots.”

Oklahoma City, Okla.  – Cindie Reneau, senior music major, performing French composer Gabriel Fauré’ Violin Sonata No. 1, composed in 1876. Although this composition was rejected by Parisian music publishers initially because of its originality and harmonic audacity, today it is arguably the most popular of all Fauré’s chamber works.

A Trombone Quartet will present “Blue Skies,” composed in 1926 as a last-minute addition to the musical Betsy, and has since become a jazz standard, appearing on more than 65 commercial recordings and more than 14 movie soundtracks.  The version performed today was arranged for trombone quartet by the prominent West Coast composer/arranger Lennie Niehaus. The trombone quartet is:

Grand Island – Patience Buck, music education major; Eric Rempe, senior music business major.

Minden – Jon Hunzeker junior music performance major; Vergil Nelson, junior music education major.


– Kelly Bartling