Koch Faculty Recital to Feature Contemporary Works | Nebraska today


Nathan Koch, Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Music Theory at the Glenn Korff School of Music, will present a teacher recital at 7:30 p.m. on April 6 at Westbrook Recital Hall, Room 119.

The concert is free and open to the public with a live virtual webcast option. On the day of the show, the webcast link will be posted on the Glenn Korff School of Music website.

Koch will be joined by collaborating pianist Catherine Herbener and Paul Haar, associate professor of saxophone at the School of Music, for this recital.

On the program, “Elegy for Innocence” by Jeff Scott (2009); “Strange Interlude” by James Lassen (1998); Libby Larsen’s “Jazz Variations” (1977); and Jenni Brandon’s “Places We Are From” (2021), all works by contemporary living composers.

“I chose each of these pieces to showcase the wide range of technical and expressive abilities the bassoon has to offer the listener,” Koch said. “I’m really looking forward to playing with my friends and colleagues.”

Scott is the new Associate Professor of Horn at the Oberlin Conservatory and a former member of the Imani Winds Wind Quintet for over 20 years.

“‘Elegy for Innocence’ was written in 2009 for the quintet’s bassoonist, Monica Ellis, and premiered at the International Double Reed Society conference that same year,” Koch said.

Lassen is co-principal bassoonist of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and is active as a symphonic and jazz bassoonist.

“He incorporates a wide variety of influences into this piece, including his own experimentations with the Japanese shakuhatchi flute, traditional canons, traditional Eastern European country dances, and American rock and roll,” Koch said. .

Larsen wrote his “Jazz Variations” for a friend’s recital at Juilliard.

“She found herself drawn not to the harmonic and melodic elements, but more specifically to the rhythmic flow of John Coltrane, which she explores in this piece for unaccompanied bassoon,” Koch said.

Koch was part of a commissioning consortium engaged with composer Brandon for a new trio, which she titled “Places We Are From”. According to the program notes, this piece “explores the idea of ​​identity and where we come from both geographically, physically and spiritually.”

In demand as a clinician and soloist, Koch has presented and performed at Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and International Double Reed Society conferences. He was a recurring judge for the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition, as a regional audition monitor for the National Repertory Orchestra’s prestigious summer festival, and as a section coach for the area’s Youth Orchestra. from Omaha.

He is also a member of the Glenn Korff School of Music’s resident faculty ensemble, the Moran Woodwind Quintet.

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