Hancock to Host On-Campus Faculty Recital on May 4

The performance will highlight masterpieces by Brahms.

FacultyRecitalMay4APRIL 11, 2014 -- Fine arts faculty members Ann Lucas and David Passage will join violinist James Riccardo to present the first on-campus faculty recital in recent history at Allan Hancock College.  The chamber music recital will be held Sunday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Severson Theatre on the Santa Maria campus.  

The concert will spotlight two masterpieces by Johannes Brahms, the Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor and the Trio in E Flat major for horn, violin and piano.  Brahms wrote the trio in response to his mother’s death when he was in his 30s.

“Brahms was a composer like Daniel Day Lewis is an actor,” said Lucas, who will play the piano during the concert.  “Intense preparation, intense control, and an art that can be appreciated by everyone.  Our selections are from when he was at the top of his game.  This is a unique opportunity for music lovers on the Central Coast.”

Tickets may be purchased at the PCPA box office beginning April 16.  All tickets are $10, and seating is reserved.

The concert blends three talented musicians with decades of experience.  Lucas teaches music history at Hancock and serves as the choir director.  She earned her doctoral degree in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.  She has been active with the San Luis Chamber Orchestra, the Hancock College Concert Band and San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra.

Lucas said she was looking forward for the opportunity to perform on the Steinway B grand piano that was donated to the college a few years ago.  “The piano is a commanding instrument even by Steinway standards and plays like a nine-foot concert grand,” she added.

Passage became a professor of photography at Hancock in 2008.  His works have been widely displayed in galleries and publications.  He will demonstrate his musical talent during the concert by playing the horn.  He is the principal horn with the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra, the San Luis Chamber Symphony and the Allegria Winds.

“This is a chance for our students, past and present, to experience a different side of us.  We will show how we are more than photography and music professors,” said Lucas. 

Riccardo was playing professionally with the Norfolk Symphony by the time he was 14 years old.  He spent three years in the United States Army as a strolling fiddler at the White House.  He played with the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as taught music at the university level.  Since moving to the Central Coast in 2010, Riccardo has served as a guest conductor and concertmaster with local chamber orchestras, and also plays with the Santa Maria Philharmonic.

May will be a busy and historic month for Lucas and the college.  The Allan Hancock College Singers, a choir directed by Lucas, will be performing its first concert devoted to Spanish and Latino composers, as well as its first program sung entirely in Spanish.

One of the works, a villancico from 18th century Guatemala, will also feature the violin accompaniment of Hancock music majors Joshelle Conley on first violin and Candice Meras on second violin.  Lucas described Conley as a violinist with a career to watch.  Meras is also a member of the soprano section and a past winner of Santa Maria’s Got Talent singing competition.

The Allan Hancock College Singers will perform their Spanish concert on Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo Street, and Thursday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Cook and Broadway, in Santa Maria.  All tickets are $8.  They may be purchased in advanced in the Santa Maria campus fine arts department, building F, or at the door. 

“The choir and faculty concerts will showcase the musical talent Hancock has to offer,” said Lucas.  “We have a lot of talent to be proud of and the community has opportunities to experience and enjoy it.”

For more information, call the fine arts department at (805) 922-6966, ext. 3252.

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Caption:  Allan Hancock College fine arts faculty David Passage (right) and Ann Lucas (center) will be joined by violinist James Riccardo (left) in a spring chamber music recital on May 4 in the Severson Theatre. The event will be the college’s first on-campus faculty recital in many years.

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Last Modified Nov 21, 2014