UCO Continues Faculty Artist Concert Series with Natalie Syring and Eclipse Ensemble

The wind and piano ensemble Eclipse, featuring (from left) Gerald Warlick, Jenny Rucker, Natalie Syring, and Miho Fisher will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth Street in Edmond.

Sept. 2, 2014

Media Contact: Angela Morris, Staff Writer, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3752, amorris11@uco.edu

UCO CONTINUES FACULTY ARTIST CONCERT SERIES WITH NATALIE SYRING AND ECLIPSE ENSEMBLE

The University of Central Oklahoma will present a performance featuring School of Music instructor and flutist Natalie Syring and the wind and piano ensemble Eclipse at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth Street in Edmond.           

This concert is a part of the Faculty Artist Concert Series, a yearlong performance series that highlights the talents of Central music faculty members.  All performances take place on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Jazz Lab with proceeds supporting scholarships and the UCO School of Music.           

A multi-instrumentalist, Syring is a member of the piano faculty at UCO – teaching aural skills and class piano – as well as a flutist – teaching baroque flute for the UCO Center for Historical Performances and applied flute at two other universities in the metro.           

This past summer, Syring performed as a flute soloist for the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, Illinois.  Her other flute accolades include winning the National Flute Association Master Class Competitions and initiating and conducting the Oklahoma Flute Society’s Honor Flute Choir.           

As a pianist, Syring performs professionally as an accompanist.           

For the first part of the concert, she will perform flute solo pieces by contemporary composers Kent Kennan and Robert Muczynski.  UCO faculty member Sam Magrill, D.M.A., will accompany these pieces.           

For the second part of the concert, Syring will perform with the wind and piano ensemble Eclipse.           

Eclipse consists of Syring on flute, Central adjunct Jenny Rucker on clarinet, local professional Gerald Warlick on oboe, and Central alumnus Miho Fisher on piano.           

“While pairing three treble instruments with a piano isn’t the most common of ensembles, it does offer one of the best orchestral style blends,” explained Syring.           

“These three wind instruments blend exceptionally well; they are a great match for one another, and the piano accompaniment covers the role of melodic patterns in the performed pieces.”    

Eclipse will perform pieces by Johann Valentin Hamm, Arthur Honegger, and Johan Amberg.  

“Similar to the name Eclipse – a metaphor on the contrast of light and dark, black and white piano keys, black wood and silver keys on the wind instruments – the program presents contrasting pieces that are still able to complement one another – ranging from classical to impressionist styles,” Syring concluded.             

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling the UCO School of Music at 405-974-5004.  Admission is free for Central students, faculty and staff with a Central I.D.           

For a complete listing of UCO College of fine Arts and Design events and performances, visit www.uco.edu/cfad/events.

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Cutline: The wind and piano ensemble Eclipse, featuring (from left) Gerald Warlick, Jenny Rucker, Natalie Syring, and Miho Fisher will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth Street in Edmond.