WBU Professor sets performance schedule
September 5, 2014
PLAINVIEW – Along with her busy class schedule, Dr. Sandra Mosteller, professor of instrumental studies at Wayland Baptist University, has a busy performance schedule coming up. Mosteller will perform a solo recital on Tuesday, Sept. 9, then will tour as part of the Sorores Duo with performance dates scheduled for Sept. 18, 19 and 22.
Tuesday’s recital, 7:30 p.m. in Wayland’s Harral Auditorium, will focus on female composers. Mosteller said she decided to focus on women in that they traditionally have not garnered the same respect nor had the same opportunities as male composers. But since the turn of the 20th century, women have played an increasing role in composition.
“In the 1800s, there were women who wrote music, but they were still either writing under a pen name or they were overshadowed by their husband or whoever,” Mosteller said. “Since we have gotten to the 20th century, women have had more opportunities.”
Mosteller said she will open with a piece written for a Paris conservatory around 1900 by Augusta Holmés. From there she will move into more contemporary pieces composed no later than the 1980s, including works by Joan Tower, Theresa Martin, Lori Laitman and Libby Larsen.
Laitman’s work, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” is based on a poem about Children involved in the Holocaust. Dr. Kimberly Brown, soprano, will accompany Mosteller on the piece. Dr. Gary Belshaw and Dr. Anthony King will also accompany Mosteller on piano and percussion throughout the performance.
Mosteller will again perform “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” on the Wayland stage when she teams up with Amy Rosine for a performance of the Sorores Duo at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 in Harral Auditorium. Rosine, a professor at Kansas State University, and Mosteller have collaborated on numerous occasions and are making a mini tour this fall with dates scheduled at Howard Payne University and Hardin-Simmons University.
The Duo will perform another piece with a Holocaust feel in “The Child in the Hole,” written about a child who was hidden. Rosine, a soprano, will sing as the voice of the child.
“It’s one we have done quite a few times. It’s quite emotional,” Mosteller said.
Mosteller said the second half of the performance will be more diverse as the Duo performs several different styles of music. Dr. Richard Fountain, piano, will provide accompaniment for the duo.
Admission to both performances is free and open to the public