CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University campus has been a little too quiet for the last few weeks. During the fall and spring semesters, hardly a week goes by without some form of musical concert, but now that summer is here, and the bulk of the University’s faculty and students are gone, the sounds of top-notch performances no longer reverberate through APSU’s Mabry Concert Hall.
That’ll change later this month when APSU presents two performances by flute virtuosos that demonstrate the full spectrum of the instrument. At 4:45 p.m. on Monday, June 24, Dr. Lisa Read Wolynec, APSU professor of music, will present an intimate concert at the Mabry Concert Hall, featuring a Bach trio sonata and other acclaimed works by Arthur Foote, John LeMontaine, Franz Doppler and Luigi Cortese. Dr. Eli Lara, APSU assistant professor of music, will accompany her on cello. A $5 donation is requested to attend.
Then, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, the University will host a concert by renowned flutist William Bennett in the Mabry Concert Hall. A $10 donation is requested for admittance.
In 1995, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II presented Bennett with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his distinguished services to music. He has been called the “greatest living flute player in the world.”
He is in Clarksville this June because, for the second year in a row, APSU is hosting the William Bennett Summer Flute Academy, his only master class offered in the U.S. Bennett previously held the class in Chicago, but after visiting APSU as the Acuff Chair of Excellence in 2011, he decided to move the academy to Austin Peay.
“He’s just a great teacher and a charismatic player,” Read Wolynec said. “He’s very interested in the expressive components of the flute.”
Bennett studied the instrument under the legendary flutist Marcel Moise at the Paris Conservatory. He brings this knowledge and his years of experience to the summer academy. Students send in audition recordings from all over the country for the chance to play for him in the master class. This year, musicians from Boston, New York, New Mexico, Virginia, Michigan and Florida are coming to APSU to study under Bennett.
Individuals interested in simply auditing the class can pay a daily fee of $125 to attend.
For more information on the concerts or the master class, contact Read Wolynec at email@example.com.