News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 10, 2013

Grammy-award winning flutist, guitarist to perform at ISU


Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Grammy-Award winning flutist Molly Alicia Barth will perform alongside guitarist Dieter Hennings as part of Indiana State University’s School of Music Visiting Artist Series. The performers will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Recital Hall.

Barth is an active solo, chamber and orchestral musician, specializing in the music of today. As a founding member of the new music sextet Eighth Blackbird, she toured extensively throughout the world, recorded four CDs with Cedille Records, won a 2008 Grammy for the Best Chamber Music Performance, and was granted the 2000 Naumburg Chamber Music Award, first prize, at the 1998 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the 1998/2000/2002 CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, first prize at the 1997 Coleman Chamber Music Competition and first prize at the 1996 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

She is the assistant professor of flute at the University of Oregon and has taught at Willamette University. She received a master’s of music from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s of music from the Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music.

Currently, as co-founder of the Beta Collide New Music Project, Barth collaborates with individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines such as music, art, dance, sound sculpture and theoretical physics. In addition to her work with Eighth Blackbird and Beta Collide, she has performed chamber music with Fear No Music, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, MusicNow, the Fulcrum Point New Music Project  and Contempo Performances.

The musical endeavors of Hennings span from new music on guitar to early music for lute, baroque guitar and theorbo.

He has been a soloist with Canada’s New Music Concerts Ensemble, Tito Sccipa Orchestra of Lecce, Italy, Eastman BroadBand Ensemble, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, the University of Arizona Philharmonia, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Monterrey among many others and has won several prestigious competitions including the 2008 Aaron Brock International Guitar Competition.

Hennings is an active proponent of new music, particularly that of Latin America, having recently worked with composers Mario Davidovsky, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Juan Trigos and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. Recent engagements include concerts with pop-singer Natalie Merchant and baroque violinist Monica Huggett as well as appearances at the Mexican Embassy in Rome, New York’s Joyce Theater, Julliard’s Paul Hall and New England Conservatory. Recently he collaborated in a recording project with Merchant, which also featured musicians like Winton Marsalis, Medeski, Martin and Wood and producer Anders Levin.

Hennings is an assistant professor of music at the University of Kentucky where he directs the Classical Guitar Studies program. He is a resident artist at the East Coast Composers Ensemble and the Eastman Broad Band Ensemble, with whom he maintains an active performing schedule.

Admission is free. A reception will follow the performance. For more information, contact the School of Music at 812-237-2771.