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Sunflower Music Festival features KU professors and alumnus

June 4, 2014

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The 28th annual Summer Music Festival begins this Friday in Washburn University’s White Concert Hall. Running through June 14, the festival will include nine classical concert and one concert featuring a third-year returning jazz trumpeter backed by his quartet.

Two Kansas University professors will be featured this year: Sarah Frisof and Margaret Marco.

Frisof, assistant professor of flute, will perform in Telemann’s Canonic Duet for Violin and Flute at 2 p.m Saturday. Earning her doctorate from Michigan University, and a master’s in music from Juilliard, Frisof is the principal flute of the Dallas Wind Symphony. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony and Boston Symphony, and has also appeared at the Verbier, Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals.

Marco, associate professor of oboe, will perform in a Mozart Woodwind Serenade at 3 p.m. June 13. Her music endeavors, both international and domestic, include acting as principal oboe of the Orquesta Sinfònica de Maracaibo in Venezuela, the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy, the Rome Festival Orchestra, Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, where she is currently the co-principal.

Frisof and Marco also coached the Blanche Bryden High School woodwind quintet for the festival. The quintet will perform at 3 p.m. June 14.

KU alumnus and pianist David Allen Wehr will perform in Schubert’s “Trout” piano quintet, Faure’s Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano, and a Brahms piano quintet.

This year’s festival showcases more artists from abroad than in previous years, including the Atrium Quartet, from St. Petersburg, Russia, returning as artists-in-residence. British conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire will join them as the festival’s first-ever female conductor. The Zimmer String Quartet is from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The festival also includes an education component, hosting interactive sessions with the musicians to permit audience members to learn more about them and their music.

Orchestra concerts usually draw a full house of twelve hundred, says Washburn law professor Myrl Duncan, and the other concerts will bring in audiences of about six to eight hundred people.

The concerts are all free and open to the public. For the complete festival schedule visit sunflowermusicfestival.org.

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