WOOSTER, Ohio – College of Wooster music faculty Thomas Wood (violin) and Brian Dykstra (piano) will present a recital in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.) at The College of Wooster, on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Commemorating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the duo will open its program with the composer’s E-flat Major Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 12, No. 3. The performance also includes André Previn’s “Tango Song Dance” written for violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, Georgy Catoire’s Second Sonata (“Poème”), and Erich Korngold’s Four Pieces (Suite) from the incidental music to Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Wood is Professor of Music at Wooster where he has taught since 1991. Active as a soloist and in recital, he has performed with Dykstra for 25 years and has appeared as concerto soloist with the Wooster Symphony on multiple occasions. In addition, he has served as concertmaster of the Butler County (Pa.) Symphony, Ashland Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, and Wooster Symphony Orchestra, and held orchestral positions with the New Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh Oratorio Society, Bach Aria Group of Pittsburgh, Erie Philharmonic, Madison Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, and Opera Barga (Italy).
Dykstra is the Neille O. and Gertrude M. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Music at Wooster. Currently, he teaches piano part-time at the College after serving 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,” are available at the Wilson Bookstore in Lowry Center.
Wood and Dykstra have recorded two albums for Centaur Records of the opera fantasies for violin and piano by Jean Baptiste Singelée. Both are available online and at Wilson Bookstore in Lowry Center.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 330‐263-2419.