Heading into its fourth season, the Recital Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has emerged into one of the highlights on Durangos musical calendar.
The series will begin Friday with the Mangold Duo sisters Bonnie and Marilyn on cello and piano. Their program will include two sonatas by Bohuslav Martinu and Franz Schubert, two miniatures by Ernst Bacon, and two Spanish suites by Manuel de Falla and Joaquin Nin.
The Sonata No. 2 by Martinu, a Czech composer who died in 1959), is a powerful and dramatic work written in the neoclassical style with a strong romantic melodic emphasis. Schuberts sonata of 1824 was written for the arpeggione, an obsolete instrument similar to the cello in size, and similar to the guitar with frets and five or six strings. This lyrical sonata is the only extant work for the arpeggione, and it is frequently performed on the cello and other instruments. Bacon (1898-1990) is a relatively unknown American composer, notable especially for about 250 songs, many of which are set to texts by Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. The two cello and piano pieces bear witness to Bacons song writing in their expressiveness. The suites by Falla and Nin are based on Spanish folk melodies from different regions of Spain; they represent a great variety of emotional expression.
Bonnie Mangold studied at the Juilliard School with famed cellist Zara Nelsova and later with William Pleeth in London. She was principal cellist for three years in the National Orchestra of Colombia, in Bogota, Colombia, before joining the Utah Symphony cello section. In addition to her symphony career, she has performed extensively as a member of various chamber music groups including the Sindarin Quartet, the Mangold Duo, and a harp-cello duo, and a piano trio.
She lives in central Utah where she is working on a book for use in cello instruction based on her own compositions.
Marilyn Mangold Garst moved to Durango in 2005 after a 25-year tenure at George Washington University as professor of piano, harpsichord and keyboard ensembles.
In addition to frequent performances as a soloist and as pianist in the G.W.U. Faculty Trio, she served as keyboard studies coordinator. Garst currently serves as music director and pianist for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and founded the Recital Series.
Her extensive education includes a Bachelors of Music and a Masters of Music and a doctorate in music from the University of Southern California, Indiana University and Michigan State University. In addition, she studies at the Juilliard and Aspen Schools of Music, and harpsichord studies at the University of Michigan.
The second recital, Nov. 12, will feature Nan Wagner, mezzo-soprano, who will be assisted by friends. Wagner has been a soloist with the Portland Opera Co., churches in Portland, and in the El Paso Choir of the Southwest. She has performed in the Recital Series at St. Marks Episcopal Church, the Durango Bach Festival, and throughout the West with husband, guitarist and former Durango Arts Center Executive Director Brian Wagner.
Anne Sanchez will be featured in the third recital Feb. 25. She is principal clarinetist in the San Juan Symphony and teaches music in the Jefferson County Public School District in Denver. She received her music degrees from Fort Lewis College and Florida State University.
The series will conclude May 6 with Lisa Campi and Marilyn Garst performing a program of piano duets. Camp is associate professor of piano at Fort Lewis College and serves as pianist in the Red Shoe Trio and San Juan Symphony. She received music degrees from Indiana University, the University of Maryland and the Eastman School of Music.
All recital series performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday nights in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durangos sanctuary, followed by receptions in neighboring Bowman Hall.