McMurry University Faculty Susetta Rockett to Perform Oboe Recital

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:48 PM
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Abilene, TX

ABILENE, Texas – The McMurry University School of Arts and Letters and Department of Music will present Susetta Dunn Rockett in a faculty oboe recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Ryan Recital Hall on the McMurry campus.

Rockett, who teaches as an adjuct at McMurry University, Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, and has an active freelance career, will perform 19th and 20th century works for the oboe that reflect various styles of American, British and French composers.

“These works highlight some of the most diverse composers of oboe repertoire,” Rockett said. “The majority of this repertoire is underplayed, and I hope to bring some new life to these forgotten favorites.”

Legend Pastorale from “Scotch Scenes” by Benjamin Godard, Sonata for Oboe and Piano by Gordon Jacob and Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano by Francis Poulenc are among the pieces on the program. Also performing on the program is pianist Marc Sanders and Janelle Ott, bassoon instructor for the McMurry University Department of Music.

“I have enjoyed putting this program together,” Rockett said. “These works for the oboe are all wonderful additions to our repertoire. With the exception of the Poulenc Trio, these other pieces often get overlooked, and I see them as vital and important pieces that should not be forgotten. My hope is to encourage younger musicians to seek out and revitalize older works.”

Janelle Ott will join Rockett and Sanders on the Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano.  “This is a beloved staple in the repertoire for double-reed players, and it is always a delight for both the performers and the audience,” Rockett said.

Ms. Rockett performs with the Abilene Philharmonic and the Lubbock Symphony.  She is also a founding member of the Key City Winds based in Abilene, TX.  

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