WOOSTER, Ohio – College of Wooster music faculty Thomas Wood (violin) and Brian Dykstra (piano) will present a concert in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.) at The College of Wooster, on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Wood and Dykstra have performed together for over 20 years and this performance will feature Jean Baptiste Singelée’s opera fantasy on “Le Val d’Andorre” and sonatas for violin and piano by Leonard Bernstein, Paul Hindemith, and Gabriel Fauré.
Wood is professor of music at Wooster where he teaches violin and viola. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a soloist and chamber player, he has performed throughout the U.S. and in Spain. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the Wooster Symphony Orchestra and with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, and in 2010 performed both Prokofiev concertos in a single concert.
Wood’s and Dykstra’s recent recordings for Centaur of the opera fantasies for violin and piano by the Belgian violinist, conductor, and composer Singelée (1812–1875) were praised by The Netherlands critics who called them “Heavenly charming, lovely frivolous and innocently 19th century; a historical (re)discovery,” adding “Wood is anything but mere virtuoso, and Dykstra is a superb pianist.”
Dykstra is the Neille O. and Gertrude M. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Music at Wooster. Currently, he teaches piano part-time at the College but served full-time for 38 years (1969-2007). He attended the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria, for one year as a Fulbright Scholar. Dykstra has won acclaim for his 64 compositions in the concert ragtime genre, and for his ragtime performances and recordings. His two albums “Neo-Ragtime” and “Ragtime Classics, 1901-1919,” and two albums “Jean Baptiste Singelée: The Opera Fantasies for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1 and 2,” recorded with Wood, are all available at the Wilson Bookstore in Lowry Center.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 330‐263-2419.