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UW Faculty Recital Series Opens with ‘Germany in Europe’ Program

September 8, 2017
photos of John Fadial and Beth Vanderborgh

“Germany in Europe: The Influence of German Composers on European Music” opens the fall University of Wyoming Faculty Recital Series Monday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts recital hall. The event is free and open to the public. 

The concert is an outgrowth of the continued successful collaboration of the UW departments of Music and Political Science, and Global and Area Studies, and is funded generously by the German Embassy.

Featured will be works not only by German composers, but also from other European composers whose style has been influenced by German composers and culture. As Germany stands as a political leader in Europe today, the concert will celebrate Germany’s cultural leadership, which has been steadfast and rich for many centuries, according to the program’s organizers.

Musical selections will span the early 18th-20th centuries and will include works by J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms and even the 1917 "Sonata for Violin and Piano" of the French composer Claude Debussy, who, as a young composer, saw Richard Wagner as his inspiration.

The inclusion of Debussy’s "Sonata" and the date of the concert itself are not without significance. The evening will commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City, and also the centennial of World War I (Debussy, 1917). The concert will celebrate the larger miracle of reconciliation that has taken place among the countries. In this case, the music is uplifting and inspired, mirroring the spirit of Germany and all that the country has offered to Western culture, according to the organizers.

The concert will feature a lecture-recital-style program, with commentary provided by the performers: UW’s John Fadial and Beth Vanderborgh, and Andrew Harley of the Juilliard School of Music.

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