October 27, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Flutist Mary Hannigan and pianist Barry Hannigan will give a faculty recital on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The recital, which is free to the public, will include "Escaped Exotics," a three-movement work by Alexandra Pierce for solo flute and dancer. Kelly Knox, an assistant professor of dance at Bucknell, created and will perform original choreography for each of the three movements of the work.

The program also will include "Cantabile and Presto," a short, romantic work by Enesco; Michael Mower's "Sonata Latino;" "9 Haiku" by Michael Fiday; and Taffanel's operatic fantasy based on themes from "Mignon."

Mary Hannigan
"Some in the near-capacity audience were moved to tears," said Robert Miner of Mary Hannigan's performance on the Simply Grand series at National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate station WVIA. Other 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 a 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 levels: a former student won the piccolo position in the Chicago Symphony; several were selected as masterclass performers for the National Flute Association Convention and performed on NPR's From the Top; others have won first flute in all-state band in Pennsylvania.

Hannigan's 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 degree from Rutgers University and received her Bachelor of Arts cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Colorado College. For more information, visit Mary Hannigan.

Barry Hannigan
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 performed in Russia, England, Ireland, Norway, China and New Zealand, and recorded for Opus One, SCI, SEAMUS and Radio Telefis Eireann in Dublin.  

An active concert soloist, he has appeared as guest artist at a host of American universities including UCLA, Yale, Cornell and the universities of Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, Arizona State and Texas. His festival and series performances include such venues 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 NPR 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.

The recipient of a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, Hannigan joined the Bucknell faculty in 1978. He has received many awards and prizes including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Bucknell's Class of 1956 Lectureship for inspirational teaching. For more information, visit Barry Hannigan.

Kelly Knox
The recipient of degrees from the University of Washington and the North Carolina School of the Arts, Knox has danced professionally for 20 years with choreographers in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Istanbul.

She taught dance for two years at Mimar Sinan State Conservatory in Istanbul and has served on the summer faculty at Northwestern University, the University of Washington and the North Carolina Governor's School.

Co-director of the Bucknell Dance Company, Knox teaches courses in the history of dance, composition, conditioning and modern technique.

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