posted September 17, 2012

Faculty Member Gabe Southard to Present Flute Recital on Sept. 23

Hope College faculty member Gabe Southard will present a flute recital on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Southard will be performing four different pieces:  “Sonata in e minor,” by Johann Sebastian Bach; “East Wind,” by Shulamit Ran; “Sonatine,” by Walter Gieseking; and “Thirteenth Grand Solo,” by Jean-Louis Tulou.  He will be accompanied by pianists Adam Clark and Andrew Le, and bassoonist Jessica Wells.

Robert “Gabe” Southard is an assistant professor of music at Hope, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaches flute, and is head of wind and percussion. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at Michigan State University.

Southard served as conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble from 1999 to 2002. In addition to his collegiate teaching, he has served as clinician at several high schools and taught at the New England Music Camp in 2002. As a flute player, he maintains an active performing schedule by playing principal flute in the Holland Symphony Orchestra, giving recitals, and playing in chamber ensembles. He has also performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Lucca, Italy, Opera Orchestra, as well as with a number of community orchestras.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus at the former 127 E. 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.