Adding color to music

This week, the recital hall at Sam Houston hosted two professional recitals. Tuesday’s featured Kathy Daniel, the assistant professor of flute. The faculty recital is a common practice in the music department. As well as a concert for anybody interested in music, the recital is a part of educating music students in performing arts. “We do recitals for service to the school and the applied faculty are all very active in performingThe kids need to hear performing and they need to have an example of that,” Daniel said. The program opened with Daniel’s rendition of Katherine Hoover’s “Kokopeli”. As the performance continued through the next five pieces, Daniel’s colleagues joined her onstage with a variety of instruments. “I wanted the recital to be about color and so I added instruments and voices gradually through the recitalI noticed a lot of opportunities in some of the music I was looking at to be all about color, so I decided to continue building on that,” Daniel said. Joining Daniels’ flute, Patricia Card played the clarinet part, John Lan on marimba, Ilonka Rus on piano, and Mary Kay Lake offered soprano vocals. “I thoroughly enjoy working with Kathy Daniel. She is a wonderful musician and incredible flutist. She is a professional in every aspect both on and off the stage,” Card said. The last piece performed, “Flames” by Rubenstein, incorporated clarinet, vocals, and piano as well as the flute. The piece is a special one for the ensemble, and one that will be repeated at a recital for SFA. “[The piece] gave us an opportunity to include more people-again the same idea about different colors, but it also gives us an opportunity to do it at another school- show them our faculty” Daniel said. “It’s just a piece that seems to be working for us.”Working as an ensemble poses its own challenges, but the results on stage belie a well-balanced partnership.”We all enjoy working together very much. We all take responsibility for our own color and nobody lags behind” Daniel said. “This group, everybody brings their equal part to the table.”Wednesday’s concert featured Korean Yung-Eun Choe, the assistant professor of music for Southeastern University. Her program included works of Haydn, Beethoven, and Brahms.

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