ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s Jessica Perkins, euphonium, and
Dr. Grant Manhart, trumpet, will perform together at a recital at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8.
The program, free and open to the public, will be in Johnson Fine Arts Center’s Berggren Recital Hall.
Perkins, NSU’s low brass instructor, will perform “Fantasy for Euphonium,” by Philip Sparke; “Movement 1: Allegro” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Konzert B-Dur”; “Fantasy Hebraique,” a piece originally written for cello by Ernest Bloch; and “Mexican Hat Dance,” arranged by famous trumpeter Rafael Mendez. She will be accompanied by Marcia Manhart and Mary Marion.
Grant Manhart, NSU professor of high brass and jazz studies, will perform “Concertino,” composed by Johann Georg Albrechtsberger around 1800; the Richard Rodgers ballad “Where or When,” arranged by Indiana University professor emeritus William Adam; and “Moanin’ Low,” by Ralph
Rainger, arranged by Manhart after the big band hit by Harry James. The latter two pieces will feature members of Manhart’s Dominant 7 ensemble: NSU students Callie Marlette, Chris Massa, Amanda Wentz, Calvin Cramer, Joel Schlottman, Tyler Schwan and Zachary Smith. Manhart will be accompanied by Marcia Manhart.
“The program is very eclectic, showcasing a variety of styles,” said Perkins. “We’re playing some very traditional pieces, some modern compositions and some jazz. There should be something for everyone.”
A native of Davenport, Iowa, Perkins holds a B.M. in music education and euphonium performance and a master’s degree in music education, both from the University of Iowa. In 2000, she was the winner of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Brass Solo Artist competition, as well as the University of Iowa Concerto Competition. This June, she performed at the International Women’s Brass Conference in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Manhart holds a doctor of music degree in trumpet from Indiana University, a master's degree in trumpet performance with a minor in jazz studies from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from the University of Wisconsin. Manhart is busy as a performer, clinician and adjudicator.
Photos: Manhart (top) and Perkins