March 18, 2008

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

The featured work of the program, which is free to the public, is Reinecke's "Sonata Undine," a large-scale romantic work that tells the story of Undine, an immortal who is betrayed by her human lover. 

Original works

In addition, the Hannigans will perform "Rhapsody" by Bucknell composer Jackson Hill, a sonata by J.S. Bach, and works by Alexandra Pierce and Larry Nelson. The works by Hill, Pierce, and Nelson were all written for and dedicated to the Hannigans.

Notable performances for Mary Hannigan 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 SCI 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. For more information, visit

Barry Hannigan is known for his piano performances throughout the United States and abroad, with appearances in Russia, China, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway.

An active concert soloist, he has appeared as a guest artist at a host of American universities, such as UCLA, Yale, Cornell, and the Universities of Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, Arizona State, and Texas. 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. 

Hannigan is on the roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, and dozens of his performances have been aired on National Public Radio affiliate stations across the United States. For three years he toured Pennsylvania promoting works by living Pennsylvania composers, underwritten by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

He has received a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an award intended to recognize the nation's outstanding recitalists. 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. For more information, visit

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Posted March 18, 2008