Venerable Faculty Duo to Present 'A Night at the Opera' on Oct. 3
Violinist Thomas Wood and pianist Brian Dykstra to give recital in Scheide Music Center
WOOSTER, Ohio — Violinist Thomas Wood and pianist Brian Dykstra will present A Night at the Opera on Saturday, Oct. 3, at The College of Wooster. The recital will be held in the Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.) beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
The program will showcase five fantasies by legendary Belgian violinist, conductor, and composer Jean-Baptiste Singelée (1812-1875): Weber’s Oberon, Lecocq’s La Fille De Madame Angot, Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment, Wagner’s Tannhäuser, and Adam’s La Reine D’un Jour.
Wood recently returned from a yearlong leave, during which he conducted research in The Hague, Brussels, Antwerp, and elsewhere for his groundbreaking project, “The Opera Fantasies for Violin and Piano by Jean-Baptiste Singelée.” A highly acclaimed concertmaster and conductor of the most important opera houses in Belgium, including the Royal Theatre of the Monnaie in Brussels, Singelée composed 63 fantasies for violin and piano on the leading operas of the day.
Wood and Dykstra have recorded six of Singelée’s fantasies and will record the five fantasies from this recital later this fall. Wood is also working on a book-length monograph that summarizes his research.
Wood is a professor of music and a member of Wooster’s faculty since 1991. He teaches violin, viola, string methods, and music history. He holds the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a B.M. and M.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has performed in recitals throughout the United States and in Spain, and has held positions with the New Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Pittsburgh Oratorio Society, Bach Aria Group of Pittsburgh, Erie Philharmonic, and Opera Barga (Italy), and for several years served as concertmaster of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a featured concerto soloist on numerous occasions with orchestras in the region. In addition, he is an internationally published scholar of the music of Max Bruch.
Dykstra is the Neille O. and Gertrude M. Rowe Professor of Music Emeritus at Wooster. He holds a B.S. from the Juilliard School of Music and an M.Mus. and D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music. He also attended the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg (1967-68) as a Fulbright Scholar. As a piano soloist and collaborative pianist, Dykstra has given annual classical recitals consisting of works by many great composers from the 18th century to the present. As a chamber musician, he has participated in many concerts, including several in the Purcell Room in London and Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City. In addition, he is internationally acclaimed for his ragtime compositions and performances, many of which are available on CD, including “Brian Dykstra: Concert Rags,” “Neo-Ragtime,” and the most recent, “Ragtime Classics, 1901-1919,” all on the Centaur label.
Additional information about the recital is available by phone (330-263-2419) or e-mail.