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Faculty Recital, Grazie, to be Performed on Jan. 19

Members of Cottey’s Fine Arts faculty will present a recital, titled Grazie, on Sunday, January 19, at 6 p.m. in the Missouri Recital Hall of the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts. A reception will follow the performances.

The evening, which will feature displays of visual arts as well as performances of music, dance, and theatre by Cottey faculty members, is to express appreciation (Grazie is Italian for thanks) for support of the new Fine Arts Instructional Building. The College will conclude a five-year comprehensive campaign at the end of January, and just over $9 million has been raised for the new facility. Donations will continue to be accepted for the building.

Members of the art faculty will display pieces including ceramics, paintings, and photographs, in the lobby. Music, theatre, and dance faculty members will perform solos, duets, trios and a quartet. Works by Bach, Purcell, Guy-Ropartz, and Dearie are included on the program.

Amanda Cook, assistant professor of music, and Matthew Herren, adjunct assistant professor of music, will perform Beethoven’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, op. 11 with Debbie Fast, Cottey’s long-time accompanist.  Theresa Spencer, professor of music, and Cook will perform a work by James Sclater based on text by Emily Dickinson. Other performances include Jo Byrnes, associate professor of dance, dancing to Elliot Carter’s cello piece “Figment,” played by Matthew Herren. Byrnes will also dance to a clarinet work by Libby Larsen, played by  Cook.  Christi Fulton, adjunct professor of dance, will perform a tap solo to “Chopsticks,” Gary Johnson, adjunct assistant professor of music, will perform a trombone solo, and Dr. Rusalyn Andrews, professor of theatre, will perform a reading of Chinese Folk Tales. Bill Martin, adjunct assistant professor of music, will perform duets with Spencer, and a song from the musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

There is no admission fee and no tickets are required for this evening of arts entertainment.

The Center for the Arts is on the northeast corner of Austin and Tower streets in Nevada, Missouri.