February 09, 2007

Barry and Mary Hannigan

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Mary Hannigan, flute, and Barry Hannigan, piano, will give a recital Sunday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The program, which is free to the public, consists of two Sonatas by J.S. Bach, one of which is the famous Partita in A Minor for solo flute, "a tour de force comparable to his solo partitas for violin and cello," says Mary Hannigan.

"We are also performing transcriptions of two works for violin and piano. The Five Melodies by Serge Prokofiev actually began as a vocalise for soprano and piano; the piece was later adapted by Prokofiev for violin and piano. We have made our own transcription of the work," she said.

The other transcription is the Sonata in A Major by Cesar Franck, a large scale Romantic work. They also will perform "Le Merle Noir" by Olivier Messiaen.

"Some in the near-capacity audience were moved to tears" is Robert Miner's description of flutist Mary Hannigan's playing at a performance on the "Simply Grand" series at NPR affiliate station WVIA in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. 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, Mary Hannigan also has taught at Susquehanna, Bucknell, Wilkes, and Colorado College. She is on the summer faculty of Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado and performs on the Music in the Mountains concert series. She holds a Master of Music from Rutgers University and received her B.A. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Colorado College.

Her students have won recognition at the national and state level on many occasions: a former student just 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 NPR's "From the Top." Several different students have won first flute in all-state band in Pennsylvania.

Barry Hannigan is known for his piano performances throughout the United States and abroad, with appearances in Russia, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway. An active concert soloist, he has appeared as a guest artist at numerous festivals and universities. Many of his performances have been aired on National Public Radio. He also is a member of Dalihapa Chamber Ensemble and the Music in the Mountains chamber players at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado.

His recordings are available on SCI, SEAMUS, Opus One, Black Canyon Records, and for Radio Telefis Eireann in Dublin, Ireland.

The recipient of a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, he joined the Bucknell faculty in 1978. He is the recipient of many awards and prizes including the National Endowment for the Arts and Bucknell's Class of 1956 Lectureship for inspirational teaching.

Posted Feb. 9, 2007