January 26, 2009

Worthen opens spring music performance schedule

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale kicks off the spring 2009 performance schedule with a faculty performance on flute by Douglas Worthen.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall.

The program blends older musical selections with contemporary, and includes works for flute and strings and flute and piano. Worthen chose music from French composer Albert Roussel (1869-1937), contemporary composers Kim Sherman and Gene Pritzer, and classical selections from Mozart. Other School of Music faculty members, including Meng-Chun Chi, Yuko Kato, Eric Lenz, Margaret Simmons and Jeanine Wagner, join Worthen in this performance.

Worthen joined SIUC this past August as lecturer in flute and music history. He earned his doctoral degree from the Hartt School of Music. Before completing his doctoral work, though, he spent years studying music in Europe, beginning with a scholarship to L’Institut d’Hautes Etudes Musicales in Switzerland. Among the masters with whom he studied are Rampal, Galway and Nicolet.

Worthen’s interest in music history shows itself in his recording history, which includes work with the Quantz Baroque Trio and the Handel and Haydn Society. He also recorded with the Mannheim Quartet.

More recently, he performed with the North Shore Music Theater in Massachusetts, where he performed in such musicals as “Miss Saigon” and “Showboat.”

He co-owns Falls House Press, a company specializing in new and formerly out-of-print flute compositions.

There is no admission fee for this event.