Hannigans in concert with dancer Kelly Knox
Posted: October 24, 2008
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Mary Hannigan and Barry Hannigan will perform in concert on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall at Bucknell University. The flute and piano performance is open to the public without charge.
According to Barry Hannigan, the program will include sonatas in C Major and B Minor by J.S. Bach, the flute and piano sonata by New York composer Lowell Liebermann, and Schumann's Romances.
"A special treat will be a work for solo flute and dancer by Colorado composer Alexandra Pierce titled 'Escaped Exotics,'" said Hannigan. "Mary Hannigan will be joined by Kelly Knox of Bucknell University's dance department for this performance."
"Some in the near-capacity audience were moved to tears" is Robert Miners' description of Mary Hannigan's playing at a performance on the Simply Grand series at NPR affiliate station WVIA. Notable performances include Market Square Summerfest in Harrisburg with the Ying Quartet, the national convention of the Music Teachers National Association, and the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase for radio WQXR in New York City. She has recorded for S.C.I. and performed widely across the United States as soloist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. She has been a member of the Harrisburg Symphony since 1984.
A faculty member of Dickinson College, she also has taught at Susquehanna, Bucknell and Wilkes universities and Colorado College. In the summer she performs for the Estes Park Chamber Music Series in Colorado. Her students have won recognition at the national and state level on many occasions: a former student won the piccolo position in the Chicago Symphony; others have been selected as masterclass performers for the National Flute Association Convention and have performed on National Public Radio's From the Top. Several different students have won first flute in all-state band in Pennsylvania.
Her teachers have been Keith Underwood, Geoffrey Gilbert, Peter Lloyd, and Leone Buyse. She has performed in masterclasses for William Bennett and Marcel Moyse. She holds a Master of Music from Rutgers University and received her B.A. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Colorado College.
Pianist Barry Hannigan has received rave notices in major cities across the United States. Paul Moor wrote in Musical America about a concert in San Francisco: "He absolutely bowled me over … with his extraordinary proficiency. He deserves the widest possible audience." Hannigan has concertized in Russia, England, Ireland, Norway, China, and New Zealand, and recorded for Opus One, SCI, SEAMUS, and Radio Telefis Eireann in Dublin.
Hannigan is professor of music at Bucknell where he has received the highest university award for inspirational teaching. His students have earned graduate performance degrees in piano at schools such as Peabody, Eastman, and the New England Conservatory.
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