The Faculty Artist Series at The University of Southern Mississippi
will present violinist Stephen Redfield in recital Oct. 20, 7:30
p.m., at Marsh Auditorium.
Joined by faculty members Elizabeth Moak, piano, and
Alexander Russakovsky, cello, and guest harpsichordists John Paul
and Shawn Leopard of Jackson, the evening’s program, L’Histoire
de la Sonate, will feature four French sonatas, one each from the
17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
“French compositions for violin and keyboard
have historically been rich in number and in innovation.”
Redfield said. “From the Baroque through contemporary times,
French composers have continually explored new paths in form, in
harmony and in colors and textures.”
For this concert, Redfield considered the listener,
who could follow from one sonata to the next, imagining how historical
events, advancements in instruments and social changes might be
reflected in the music.
Notably for music enthusiasts, he will perform the
early sonatas on a historically accurate violin and will use two
bows, one from the Baroque period and the other from the Classic.
The rest of the program will be played on modern equipment.
Through the performance of these four violin sonatas,
Redfield hopes the audience will hear the “fascinating progression
of formal and stylistic development of the rich French musical culture.”
Redfield, an associate professor of violin in the
School of Music at Southern Miss since 1996, is a member of Trio
Mississippi and the Baroque ensemble Haupt Musik. He has made solo
appearances with numerous orchestras and has been featured in chamber
music concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe
and the Far East.
As concertmaster and soloist, his performances with
the Victoria Bach Festival have been produced on compact discs and
broadcast on National Public Radio. He also leads the second violins
at the Sunriver Music Festival.
Collaborating on piano, Moak joined the Southern Miss
piano faculty in 2004 but appears regularly at various venues, including
recent performances at the Athena Festival, Associated Colleges
of the South’s New Music Festival and a tour of France.
She was recognized for her collaborative work by the
Music Academy of the West and the Peabody Conservatory, where she
earned a doctorate in piano performance.
An Oxford native, Millsaps College honored her with
the Outstanding Young Faculty Award in 2000.
The recital is free and open to the public. For more
information, call the School of Music at Southern Miss at (601)