September 25, 2011


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Flutist Mary Hannigan and pianist Barry Hannigan will give a faculty recital Sunday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, includes a very wide variety of music.

"There should be something for nearly any taste," said Hannigan. "There are two works by Claude Bolling and Ken Benshoof that are mixtures of classical and jazz elements, a French sonata by Andre Jolivet, a sonata by J.S. Bach, and a work for piccolo, flute and alto flute with a pre-recorded CD.

"The piece for flute and recorded sounds is titled 'Under the Rainbow,' a rather irreverent interpretation of elements of 'Alice in Wonderland' by composers Matthew Rosenblum of Pittsburgh," he said.

Barry Hannigan
Known for his performances throughout the United States and in Europe, Barry Hannigan had his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall and his European debut at the Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. He has performed in Russia, England, Ireland, Norway and New Zealand, and he has appeared as guest artist at a host of American universities. Festival and series performances include venues such as Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Syracuse New Music Society, Wildflower Festival and Roulette in New York City.

On the roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, for three years he toured Pennsylvania promoting works by living Pennsylvania composers, underwritten by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Dozens of his performances have been aired on National Public Radio affiliate stations across the United States. He has received a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as many awards and prizes, including those from the Ford, Belin, Surdna and Presser foundations.

He has released three solo CDs for Black Canyon Records: Brio, Kaleidoscope, and Rachmaninoff to Ragtime. Sample performances with orchestra include Rachmaninoff's Paganini Variations with the Omaha Symphony and a chamber concerto written for him that was premiered with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.

Hannigan is a professor of music at Bucknell where he received the highest university award for inspirational teaching.

Mary Hannigan has recorded for S.C.I. and performed widely across the United States as soloist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. 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.

A member of the Harrisburg Symphony since 1984, Hannigan performs with her husband, Barry Hannigan, pianist, and "esprit!" a flute and harp duo with Rebecca Kauffman. She teaches performance studies in flute at Dickinson College, where she is a member of the Faculty Wind Quintet. She also has taught at Susquehanna University, Bucknell University, Wilkes University and Colorado College. For many summers she was on the faculty of Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado and performed on the Music in the Mountains concert series.

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