Viola professors to join for Heidelberg recital

Aug 27, 2013


Steven Kruse, a faculty member in the School of Music at Heidelberg University, and Diane Phoenix-Neal, a visiting professor at Central College in Pella, Iowa, will join forces to present a recital of viola music at 7 p.m. Friday (Sept. 6) in Brenneman Music Hall.

Principle accompanist is Jeffrey Walker on harpsichord and piano. Also assisting will be Renee Boubeaux on cello, Gregg Emerson Powell on bass, Kalindi Bellach on viola and Penny Thompson Kruse on viola.

Their program includes “Sonata in G Major, Op. 2, No. 6” by William Flackton, “Lament for Two Violas” by Frank Bridge, “Ceaseless Spinning of Two Things, for Two Violas” by Jerzy Kornowicz, “Tocatta” by Girolamo Frescobaldi, “Elegy for Viola and Piano” by Elliott Carter and “Capriccio for Solo Viola” by Henri Vieuxtemps. Finally, they will close their program with “Brandenburg Concerto No. 6” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Kruse has a vast array of teaching and performance experience, having performed as principal violist of the Kansas City Symphony and other symphonies in Indiana and Michigan. Currently, he performs with the Toledo Symphony and has been on stage in Germany, Romania, Israel, Italy, South Africa, Taiwan and Vietnam. He has taught at colleges in Missouri, West Virginia, Ohio, Ontario, Indiana and North Carolina.

The Julliard-trained Phoenix-Neal performs as principal violinist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and serves on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greenville, N.C. She performs regularly throughout the United States and abroad as a collaborative chamber musician and soloist, in addition to her roles as an educator and clinician.

Walker is currently the organist and choir master at Christ Episcopal Church in Detroit. He is a regular keyboard performer with the Flint, Mich., Symphony.

The recital is free and open to the community. For additional information, call the School of Music at 419-448-2073.