Bassoonist Genevieve Beaulieu will present a faculty recital at Hope College on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. in the John and Dede Howard Recital Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
With a combination of jazz, rock, poetry and comedy pieces, Beaulieu intends to introduce the members of the audience to contemporary music they will enjoy. The program, titled “New Music for Bassoon,” will feature “Strange Interlude No. 3,” by James Lassen; “Yellow Smoke,” by Larkin Sanders; “Sonata for Bassoon and Piano,” by John Steinmetz; “Dual Identity,” by Gernot Wolfgang; and “Strassenmusik Nr. 12,” by Dimitri Nicolau.
Beaulieu said that her “hope is to give the audience a more approachable type of new music so they will be more open to experiencing new music in the future.”
Beaulieu joined the Hope faculty as an instructor of bassoon in January 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance from Ohio State University, where she studied with Karrie Pierson, and a master’s degree in bassoon performance from Michigan State University, where she studied with Michael Kroth. In addition to frequently performing with the Grand Rapids, Lansing, Holland, West Michigan and Kalamazoo symphonies, Beaulieu holds the principal bassoon position with Midland Symphony Orchestra and the second bassoon position with Traverse Symphony Orchestra. She maintains a private studio in both Holland and Lansing and is on faculty at Michigan State’s Community Music School. Beaulieu is a founding member of the new music ensemble, Collective Behavior, and enjoys performing solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire as an artist-in-residence at Taneycomo Festival Orchestra during the summers in Branson, Missouri.
Beaulieu will be accompanied by pianist Sarah Bast and saxophonist Adam Briggs.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.