Feb 23, 2010

Guest Artist Recital Features Trombonist

by Taylor Overhultz

Trombonist Dr. Douglas Mark played at the Department of Music and Humanities Guest Artist Recital Monday, Feb. 15. The recital was in the Oldham Recital Auditorium in the Performing Arts building at 7:30 p.m.

Mark was accompanied by Dr. Samuel Wellman, professor of music, on the piano and Dr. Kevin Chiarizzio, associate professor of music, also on the trombone.

“I met (Mark) while I was attending the International Trombone Festival in Salt Lake City in the summer of 2008,” Dr. Kevin Chiarizzio said. “We spoke at that time about setting up a time where we would visit each other's school and present a recital and master class.”

Mark provides instruction in applied low brass and directs the brass ensemble at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., according to the Department of Music and Humanities.
“The trombone has such a vocal repertoire,” Mark said. “It has the ability to take on so many different vocal personalities and characters.”

Junior Joseph Mobley is a music performance major at Liberty. He is currently in the Liberty University Brass Quintet, LU Wind Ensemble, Liberty Symphony Orchestra and the LiberTbones. The trombone is not only a very unique instrument, but that it is also very versatile, Mobley said.

“I think its versatility is a major factor in its uniqueness. The trombone lends itself to blend with many other instruments timbres,” Mobley said. “The trombone is a very supportive instrument in the music world.”

Mark sought to incorporate variety into the program, beginning his recital with Carl Maria von Weber’s “Romance,” an early 19th century piece.

“I view the trombone as a romantic instrument,” Mobley said. “Music is a very personal thing and I can't think of a better way, for me particularly, to make music more beautifully than with a trombone.”

After a round of applause from the audience, Mark continued his performance with a French piece and he thanked his wife for inspiring him to play.

“I married a French woman,” Mark said. “Marrying her created a desire to explore the French repertoire and it’s now one of my favorite sounds.”

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mark has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, as well as an advocate of community music projects, according to the Department of Music and Humanities.

Mark incorporated his previous experience with community music projects into his recital by performing a piece that he was familiar with, composed by a regional performer in Upstate New York.
“I prepare for these recitals as much as I can with my busy teaching schedule,” Mark said. “Most of the pieces I play I have had experience with before, making preparation less time-consuming.”

Students in the Liberty Brass Studio were able to learn from Mark on Tuesday where he spoke about practicing, work ethic and excuses, according to Mobley.

“He encouraged us to ask ourselves some simple questions about our own personal musical development,” Mobley said. “He gave me some great pointers and words of encouragement.”

Mobley is currently a member of the 29th Army Band with the Virginia Army National Guard. After traveling and performing with the military, Mobley hopes to begin and conduct a wind symphony.

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