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Bruce Briney and Tammie Walker Faculty Trumpet and Piano Recital Oct. 21
October 19, 2012
MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University professors Bruce Briney and Tammie Walker will perform a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall.
Briney and Walker, along with Associate Professor Julieta Mihai and Director of Percussive Studies Rick Kurasz, will perform "Sonata for Trumpet and Piano," by Karl Pilss, "Vignettes for Trumpet and Percussion," by James Stephenson and "Trio for Trumpet, Violin and Piano," by Eric Ewazen.
Briney is a member of the Quad Cities Symphony, the music director of the Quincy Symphony and has performed with several other orchestras and groups, including the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has released five compact discs on the Crystal, Koss, Premiere and RMC record labels. Briney has published several articles on the historical development of the trumpet in the Journal of International Trumpet Guild. He is the music director of the resident brass ensemble at Northwestern University. Briney received his education from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University.
Walker is coordinator of the Music Teachers National Association (MNTA) collegiate competitions for Illinois. She is an active soloist, having performed throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii, England, Scotland and Germany. She also leads educational workshops and is an active adjudicator who served on a final-round jury for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference Piano Competition. She earned her bachelor's degree in music from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and her master's degree in music and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mihai has performed in Austria, Canada, England, Germany, Japan, Romania and the United States. She is a Romanian National Violin Competition prizewinner and has also won the Concerto Competition of the Summer Festival Orchestra in Urbana-Champaign and the Paul Rolland Violin Award of the University of Illinois. She is the first violinist of WIU's Julstrom String Quartet and has toured throughout Canada as part of the Prairie Oak Piano Quintet. Mihai attended the Academy of Art in Bucharest, Romanina, the Toho Gakuen Music Academy in Kureha, Japan, and received her doctorate in musical arts from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Kurasz has performed with numerous orchestras including the Akron Symphony, Sinfonia de Camera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Idaho State Civic Symphony, Knox-Galesburg Symphony and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and has performed with Ray Holman, Cliff Alexis, Liam Teague, Robert Grenidge and David Rudder. He is an active composer and arranger and is published by Pan Ramajay Productions and Panyard Publications. The director of percussion studies is also an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and has performed at its International Convention. He received his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), his master's in music from the University of Akron and his doctoral degree from UIUC.
The concert is open free to the public.
For more information, contact COFAC Recital Hall at (309) 298-1843.
Posted By: Sarah Tomkinson, University Relations
Phone: (309) 298-1993 * Fax: (309) 298-1606