faculty recital

Brian Dykstra and Thomas Wood to Present Faculty Recital

Free public performance to be held on Sept. 24 at The College of Wooster

19 September, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio — Pianist and composer Brian Dykstra and violinist Thomas Wood will present a faculty recital on Saturday, Sept. 24, at The College of Wooster. The performance, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall in Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.). Admission is free and open to the public.

The duo will perform works from Jean Baptiste Singelée’s (Fantaisie on Gounod’s and Romeo and Juliet) as well as Karol Szymanowski’s Sonata in D Minor. In addition, Sonata in A Major, Opus 47, a famous piece composed by Beethoven, more commonly known as Kreutzer Sonata, will be performed.

Dykstra is the Neille O. and Gertrude M. Rowe Professor of Music Emeritus at Wooster. He holds a bachelor’s from the Juilliard School of Music and a master’s in music 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.

Wood is a professor of music, having served as 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 bachelor’s and master’s in music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has performed in recitals throughout the U.S. 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.

Additional information about the recital is available by phone (330-263-2419) or email.