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‘Beyond Time’ recital for flute, piano features Wendy Stern, Emi Kagawa

Wendy Stern (left) and Emi Kagawa

JOHNSON CITY – “Beyond Time,” a recital of music for flute and piano, will be held at East Tennessee State University on Monday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mathes Hall auditorium.

Flutist Wendy Stern and pianist Dr. Emi Kagawa will present the Tennessee premiere of Elizabeth Brown’s “Anthem” for flute and piano, an original chorale over which the flute “sings” its narrative using a unique language of microtonal inflections and progressions.  This language evolved out of Brown’s study of Shakuhachi music and her fascination with birdsong.  Because the piece was inspired by the flute arias of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion,” it will be paired with Bach’s “E-flat Major Flute Sonata.”

The program also includes Yoki Uebayashi’s “Au-dela du temps” for two flutes and piano, on which Stern and Kagawa will be joined by ETSU flute instructor Rebecca Paluzzi, as well as Boehm’s “Grand Polonaise.”  Kagawa will complete the program with solo works by Mozart and Schumann.

Kagawa, a native of Osaka, Japan, is an award-winning soloist and chamber musician who has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Italy and Japan. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan, a master’s degree from the University of Colorado and a doctorate of musical arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  She has also studied at New York University and the Juilliard School.  Before her recent move to Tennessee, Kagawa taught at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, NYU, and various music schools, festivals and camps.

The New York-based Stern is a member of the award-winning group, Flute Force, and has performed and taught in Australia, Canada and throughout the United States.

Stern is a frequent visitor to ETSU, where she has coached flute ensembles, led flute choirs and performed as a guest artist in the annual Suzuki Flute Institute International.

The recital is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted.

For more information, call the ETSU Department of Music at 423-439-4276.   For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.
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