The Frostburg State University Faculty/Guest Artist Series will present a concert featuring clarinetist Mark Gallagher, a member of FSU's music faculty, violist Kenneth Kwo, a performer in the Florida Orchestra, and pianist May Phang of DePauw University on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Pealer Recital Hall.
The trio will perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann, British composer Rebecca Clarke and Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag.
Gallagher made his New York recital debut performing with violinist Sylvia Rosenberg at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and is also a winner of the Artist International Competition in New York City, which resulted in a solo recital at Weill Hall. An active chamber musician, Gallagher has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including a recent concert tour of the Netherlands and a live national radio broadcast from the Concertgebouw. He has recorded with the Albany Records label and can be heard on the Eastman “American Music” Series. Gallagher is also an active teacher and clinician, lecturing on occupational health issues for musicians and the Alexander Technique. He is an adjunct professor of clarinet and music theory at FSU. During the summer, Gallagher is director of faculty and performs at the Semplice Harbor School of Music and Chamber Festival on Washington Island, Wis.
Kwo has been a member of the Tri-City Symphony of Iowa, the Northwood Orchestra and the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed at numerous summer festivals, including the Coronado Music Festival in Tucson, the Festival of the Lakes in northern Michigan and with the Swannanoa Chamber Players in North Carolina. Currently he is a member of the Florida Orchestra, which performs in the tri-city area of Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg. In addition to his busy symphony schedule, Kwo is very active as a teacher, freelancer and chamber musician throughout the Tampa Bay area. During the summer, Kwo is a chamber music coach at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont.
Phang began piano studies in her native Singapore and recently completed a doctoral degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is an assistant professor of piano at DePauw University in Indiana. She has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals and concerts in Singapore, Canada, the United States and Europe. She is a prizewinner of several competitions, including the Chopin Young Pianists’ Competition in Buffalo, N.Y., the Canadian Music Competition, Concours d’orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and Pontoise International Young Artists Competition in France. An active music educator, she has adjudicated competitions for the Waukesha Symphony and PianoArts of Wisconsin, presented master classes and given presentations for music teachers’ associations.
The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the FSU Department of Music at (301) 687-4109. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.