November 2, 2017
The Texas Tech University School of Music will host guest recorder specialist Christopher Koch for a recital of Baroque chamber music at 6 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3) in Hemmle Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public.
Koch will collaborate with faculty members, including Susanna Self, visiting professor of flute, and Jeffrey Lastrapes, associate professor of cello. The performance also will feature appearances from Becca Zeisler, collaborative pianist; Annie Chalex Boyle, assistant professor of violin; Clara Zahler, professor of practice; and Kimberly Sparr, assistant professor of viola.
The recital will begin with a performance by Koch and Self. The duo will present “Concerto for Flute and Recorder” by Georg Philipp Telemann and “Trio Sonata” by Johann Joachim Quantz. Zeisler will accompany Koch and Self throughout their performance.
Koch and Self’s performance will be complemented by a performance by Lastrapes of “Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello” by Johann Sebastian Bach. Telemann’s “Concerto for Flute and Recorder” also will feature a string quartet composed of Lastrapes, Boyle, Zahler and Sparr.
Koch is an associate professor of music and the director of Orchestras and Wind Symphony at Drury University. He also is the music director of the Springfield, Missouri, Regional Opera and the music director of the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra.
He was a conducting finalist in the American Prize (AP) Competition. The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra won the AP Competition’s orchestral division under his direction. He has performed as a guest conductor with orchestras across the U.S. and has become an early music specialist in recorder performance. He has appeared in recital and concerto performances throughout the Midwest and at College Music Society conferences.
The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.