All baroque program to be performed at NSU Jan. 17

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NATCHITOCHES –An all baroque program featuring Northwestern State University faculty members Dr. Dennette McDermott and Dr. Douglas Bakenhus along with former NSU faculty member Elena Daugherty will be presented on Friday, January 17 at 6 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program will include “Les Folies d’Espagne” by Marin Marais, “Sonata for Flute or Bassoon” by Jean-Daniel Braun, “Fantasia N.3 in b minor” by Georg Philipp Telemann, “Duetto for Bassoon and Harpsicord” by Christoph Schaffrath, “Sonata in d minor for Flute and Continuo by Jiri Čart and “Sonata in D major for Flute and Continuo” by Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht.

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McDermott worked with fellow faculty member and musicologist Dr. Mary deVille to get the work by Čart into manuscript form. McDermott was able to publish the first and only edition of the Čart work.

“This led to my wanting to learn to play the 18th century flute,” said McDermott. “Dr. deVille deserves credit for all of her support for my research and performances.”

According to McDermott, Čart, a Czech violinist, flutist and composer, who was also credited as Georg Zarth, was employed by the courts of Dresden, Frederick The Great and Mannheim.  Over 20 years of research led to McDermott producing the first thematic catalog of Čart’s music which includes the incipit and library location for 28 of his works. The sonata in D-minor was first believed to be located in the Conservatory de Santa Cecilia in Rome.

deVille travelled to Rome in 1999 and identified the manuscript.

“In 2010 I was able to travel to Det Kongelige Bibliotek Kobenhavn, in Denmark, where I found another copy of this work classified as ‘“anonymous,’” said McDermott. “A third copy is held by the library, Musik-ochtearerbibliotek in Stockholm. Thus, this highly virtuosic piece is penned in three manuscripts, of which the Italian version is the one chosen for this performance. At this time, a chronology of Čart’s music has not been determined, so it is not possible with certainty to assign a date to this composition. However, it may have been composed in Berlin and somehow this copy was taken to Rome.”

Daughtery, originally from the Czech Republic, is a collaborative pianist at the University of Texas in Tyler. Prior to this appointment she served as a full-time accompanist and instructor of class piano at Northwestern State the Conservatory of Bratislava, Slovakia, and was an adjunct instructor/ collaborative pianist at Northwestern State. Daughtery earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Northwestern State and a Master of Business Administration specializing in Human Resources Management from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Her teachers include Juraj Masinda, Peter Cerman, Dr. Mark Zeltser and Dr. Nikita Fitenko.

McDermott is professor of flute and coordinator of graduate studies at Northwestern State, where she has taught since 1990. She made her European debut in 1992 in the Czech Republic with the Czech premiere of Jindrich Feld’s solo flute work, “Introduzione, Toccato e Fuga.” McDermott has performed in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, England, Canada, Honduras, Russia, Spain and throughout the United States, including numerous performances at National Flute Association Conventions, and was also featured as a winner of the Conventions Performers Competition in 1994, 1996 and 1999.

In 2008 she traveled to Moscow and recorded for www.classicalrecords.ru, a CD of “Trios for Flute, bassoon and piano,” with Katerina Zaitseva and Bakenhus.

Bakenhus is the music director and conductor of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony at Northwestern State, where he also teaches bassoon, aural skills, string methods and conducting. His music degrees are from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University-Commerce, and he has completed additional graduate courses in conducting and bassoon performance at the University of Michigan. In addition, Bakenhus has been the music director of the Northeast Texas Symphony since 2002, and he has held teachings positions at Texas Lutheran University and the University of Mississippi.

He has taught public school orchestras in Austin ISD and Cy-Fair ISD and has made several recent guest conducting appearances throughout the region and abroad, including the Sinfonietta Bratislava in Slovakia, and the San Pedro Sula City Chamber Orchestra in Honduras.He has also performed abroad with the NSU Faculty Woodwind Trio in Canada, Slovakia, England and the Czech Republic.