Hailed as “a poet among craftsmen” by Leonard Bernstein, Grammy-nominated English horn virtuoso Thomas Stacy will be dazzling Cedar City with a one-night-only recital, hosted by Southern Utah University’s Department of Music. The recital, free and open to the public, starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, in the Thorley Recital Hall.
As the most recorded English hornist in the world, Stacy is said to have the ability to “transform notes into magic,” according to Eugene Izotov of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Internationally acclaimed as a longstanding soloist with the New York Philharmonic—he has recorded more than 70 solo performances in this capacity—Stacy's mastery of musical technique and artistry is responsible for the largest expansion of English horn repertoire in history.
Stacy left the New York Philharmonic after an incredible 39 seasons that included performances in America, Asia and at numerous European music festivals including the London Proms. Millions have viewed his television appearances on Live from Lincoln Center, CBS This Morning, CBS Sunday Morning and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Music and the Spoken Word. He has also been featured on NPR's ALL Things Considered.
Stacy’s program for the recital at SUU includes Concerto for Oboe d’amore by J.S. Bach; George Bizet's Carmen Fantasy, arr. by Robert Elkjer; and collaborations with SUU’s pianist Dr. Willem van Schalkwyk. With just one performance, Tuesday’s is an evening of music in Cedar City that is not to be missed.
An Arkansas native, Stacy graduated from the Eastman School of Music, with distinction, where he studied with Robert Sprenkle and received the prestigious George Eastman Scholarship. He currently teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, and has presented master classes internationally.
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The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a Center for Shakespeare Studies and a graduate program in Arts Administration. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. The Center for Shakespeare Studies offers a minor in Shakespeare Studies. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean 435-865-8561, or by e-mail at email@example.com.