UNL Oboist McMullen to present works of three French composers
calendar icon02 Jan 2019
LINCOLN, Neb.— Dr. William McMullen, oboe, and Catherine Herbener, harpsichord and piano, will present an evening of repertoire for oboe and keyboard by three French composers on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Recital Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln city campus. This is their third program of works featuring French composers they have presented. The first work on this program is by Marin Marais – a famous viola da gamba player of the Baroque era – who wrote a set of variations on the famous theme La Folia that was meant to be played on a variety of instruments, and oboe could have been one of those. The second and third works on the program are by twentieth-century French composers who lived at the same time but wrote with somewhat different approaches. Pierre de Bréville often wrote in a lighter, lyrical and sensitive style – and this Sonatine is a very good example of that – and Charles Koechlin usually composed lengthy works with a touch of impressionistic ideas along with a love of classical mythology. In fact, his Sonata for oboe is one of the longest works in the oboe repertoire – the oboe part alone is 23 pages long! Looking forward to seeing you at the recital!
McMullen, professor of oboe at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, is principal oboe with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and oboist in the Moran Woodwind Quintet. He is a frequent recitalist throughout the United States with pianist, Catherine Herbener, and has performed at numerous IDRS conventions. As a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet, McMullen has toured extensively throughout the Midwest and in 1992 the quintet was nominated for NPR’s Lucian Wulsin Award for Best Regional Performance, Small Ensemble. McMullen has been on the faculty of the Nebraska Chamber Music Institute (CMI) for the past eight summers. He received his D.M.A. and M.M. degrees from The Juilliard School as a student of Thomas Stacy and B.M.E degree from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music as a student of Galan Kral.
It’s free and open to the public. This performance will also be live webcast.