British music in Kansas

Renowned British violinist Madeleine Mitchell returns to K-State on Oct. 5 for a recital featuring several works written for her by British composers.

Some of these can also be heard on Mitchell’s latest recording for Naxos Records, include Wendy Hiscocks’ “Caprice” and “Sojourner Truth” by Errollyn Wallen. The Wallen piece, for violin and piano, was inspired by the story of Truth’s life. A conversation between Mitchell and Wallen about the piece may be heard on YouTube. Mitchell will perform the U.S. premiere of Michael Berkeley’s “Notes on the Loss of a Friend: In Memoriam Nicholas Snowman” and three short, recently discovered pieces by Rebecca Clarke in a world premiere performance.

Mitchell and K-State violin faculty member Madeleine Jansen will perform duos from “Atlantic Drift” by Master of the King’s Music Judith Weir, and Mitchell and Chae will also perform Joseph Joachim’s “Romance” for violin and piano.

The recital is sponsored by the K-State School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies.

Mitchell will also give a master class for students of Jansen at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 5 in Kirmser Hall. Sponsored by the British Music Society, repertoire performed by the students will be by British composers Ethel Barns, Edward Elgar, Rebecca Clarke and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Both events are free and open to the public


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