Posted by Jeremy Pittenger on November 19, 2013
Two AU music professors are preparing to transport an audience to another place and time during this week’s Third Thursday Concert on November 21, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium. The faculty recital, featuring Mark Plummer, baritone, and Cristian Pastorello on piano, will feature the works of 19th century European composers Robert Schumann and Frédéric Chopin. The concert is free and open to the public.
The professors are looking forward to performing for students and community members. “When I perform the music of great composers, I like to think that whoever is exposed to these masterworks will not remain untouched by their beauty,” said Pastorello. “Students should experience music as an integral part of their education and growth and should be exposed to music of eternal beauty, such as the music by Schumann and Chopin, as often as they can.”
Mark Plummer echoes the importance of performing on a college campus. “In doing so we show our students that we still are engaged and active in our performance medium and that even though we’re busy teaching, we still place performing music as a priority,” he said.
Plummer adds that performing for the community is part of his research. For him, it demonstrates an ongoing engagement with the discipline, and he feels it is important to share his research with others. “We present music that challenges both our ability and knowledge as musicians,” he said. “Hopefully such programs challenge the audience to expand their musical appreciation.”
This Thursday’s concert will be special as it involves a collaboration, providing the performers an opportunity to focus on how they believe Schumann and Chopin intended their compositions to be interpreted. “What brought Dr. Plummer and I together in designing the program for this concert is the immense admiration that we especially have for the music of Robert Schumann,” said Pastorello. “This is my first time performing the Dichterliebe cycle by Schumann, and I could not have hoped for a better musical partner to do so. I am truly looking forward to the performance on Thursday.”