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Jan. 27, 2005

Oboist McMullen Will Perform British Music Feb. 12

Oboist William McMullen from the faculty of the University of Nebraska School of Music will be joined by pianist Catherine Herbener to present a recital of British music for oboe, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in Harper Hall of the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

McMullen and Herberner are performing as guests of the UI School of Music. Their recital, which is part of a recital tour through the Midwest, will be free and open to the public.

The program will feature three works: the Sonata for oboe and piano, composed in 1942 by Herbert Howells; "Aspects of a Landscape" for solo oboe, composed in 1982 by Paul Reade; and the Sonata in C for oboe and piano, composed in 1958 by Edmund Rubbra. Reade's "Aspects of a Landscape" is subtitled "Seven Miniatures for unaccompanied oboe" and comprises "Dawn'" "Birdsong," "Bird-movements," "Sun Dance," "Conflict," "Lament" and " Celebration."

McMullen is principal oboe of the Lincoln Orchestra Association and a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet, in residence at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. From 1980 through 1986, he was a regular substitute oboe and English horn player with the New York Philharmonic. McMullen holds degrees from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student of Thomas Stacy, English horn soloist of the New York Philharmonic. His dissertation on soloistic English horn music was published by Pendragon Press in 1994. McMullen also serves on the faculty of the Rocky Ridge Music Center, Estes Park, Colorado, as instructor of oboe and chamber music.

McMullen recorded a CD of British works for oboe on the Crystal Records label.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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