Two weeks from today, I’ll be giving my first faculty recital at California State University, Stanislaus. I joined the faculty there last fall, and this will be my first official performance at the school. Two of my colleagues there, Jeannine Dennis and Daniel Davies, will perform with me, along with friends/colleagues from Sacramento State and University of the Pacific. The program is a bit of an odd one. There’s not a particular theme — it’s simply a collection of pieces I wanted to play and people with whom I wanted to collaborate. Four of the pieces are 20th or 21st century duos, three of which are by living composers. This preponderance of newness is offset a bit by one of my favorite Vivaldi concerti.
Stephen Blumberg — Desert Rains for clarinet and bassoon
Pierre Max Dubois — Petite Suite for flute and bassoon
Bruce Reiprich — When the Pines Sleep it is Autumn for two bassoons
Antonio Vivaldi — Concerto in G Minor, RV 495
Gernot Wolfgang — Common Ground for cello and bassoon