New faculty member to present oboe recital

On Thursday, Mar. 2, at 7:3pm, the CMU Department of Music will present new oboe faculty member Bill Aikens in a solo recital in the Moss Performing Arts Center Love Recital Hall. The concert will also feature CMU faculty Arthur Houle, piano; Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun, cello; Javier de los Santos, guitar; and Martha Sandford-Heyns, organ. The title of the concert is Alternative Pieces, as Aikens will be performing works on oboe and English horn that were not originally written for those instruments. As an example, a Saint-Saens bassoon sonata has been adapted for English horn and Mozart's third violin concerto has been transcribed for oboe.

A native of Pittsburgh, Penn., Aikens earned his bachelor’s degree in music education at Duquesne University and his master’s degree in performance at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Following his master’s degree, he held the position of principal oboist of the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Chinook Winds Quintet in Great Falls, Mont., for three years. During this time, he performed numerous concerts for students grades K-12 with the Chinook Winds Quintet and maintained his own private teaching studio. Prior to moving to Colorado, he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in oboe performance at Arizona State University in December 2014.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and are available at the box office by calling 970.248.1604.

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