PLAINVIEW - Wayland Baptist University has a special treat planned for the music lover in what is being billed as a "Music Extravaganza." The two-night event will feature the best West Texas has to offer in the way of chamber music.
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Devienne Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Harral Auditorium. Margaret Redcay, adjunct flute professor at Wayland, Anna Henry, Mark Ackerman and Christina McKinney will host a Music Among Friends concert on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Earl Miller Recital Hall located in the music wing of Harral Auditorium.
Admission to both events is free and open to the public.
"This collection of ensemble musicians is not a typical group that we would find on an average day in Plainview, Texas," said Dr. Ann Stutes, chairperson of the Department of Music at Wayland. "It is exciting to be able to take advantage of the opportunity of them being here."
The Devienne Trio is made up of three Texas Tech University music professors. Flutist Dr. Michael Stoune, bassoonist Richard Meek and pianist Jane Ann Wilson formed the Devienne Trio in 1983, giving its first performance in February of 1984. The trio is named after Francois Devienne who composed "A Favourite Trio Concertante" which was the group's first performance piece.
Since their first faculty recital, the group has performed on artist series at universities, churches and museums; toured the southwest area from Houston to Colorado; and played at the National Flute Association conventions in Chicago and Kansas City, The Music Teachers National Association conference in Spokane, Wash., the International Double Reed Society Conference in Buenos Aires; and appeared twice at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio. The trio's recording of Mary Jeanne van Appledorn's Galilean Galaxies has been released by the Contemporary Record Society.
Dr. Stoune is a professor of flute and fine arts at Tech as well as director of graduate studies in the school of music. He performs with many chamber ensembles and serves as piccoloist with the Lubbock Symphony and principal flutist of the Roswell, N.M., Symphony Orchestra.
Meek teaches bassoon and music theory at Tech. He has appeared as soloist for several orchestras and premiered a number of solo works written for him. He is currently the principal bassoonist for the Lubbock, Abilene and Roswell symphony orchestras.
Wilson is an associate professor of music at Tech where she teaches piano and piano pedagogy and is chairperson of the Keyboard Area.
Thursday's performance features Redcay, a retired music professor from Texas Tech University who now spends her time presenting recitals and masters classes as well as teaching flute at Wayland. She also served as principal flute chair for the Lubbock Symphony before retiring from the position.
McKinney graduated from Tech with a degree in piano performance and maintains a distinguished career in freelance performance. She is also the staff accompanist at Lubbock Christian University.
Ackerman has served as the principal oboist for the San Antonio Symphony since 1975. He has performed the concerti of Mozart, Strauss, Belline and Francaix with the symphony.
Henry has been teaching flute for more than 30 years. She received a master's degree in flute performance from Texas Tech where she studied under Redcay and Dr. Stoune. She holds professional memberships in the National Flute Association, the Texas Flute Society, the Houston Flute Club and the Texas Music Educators Association.
"We are thrilled to have both of these chamber music performances on our schedule," Stutes said. "They are highly respected music professionals in the West Texas area and will add depth and quality to our spring lineup of events."