The festival will begin with a piano recital by Dr. William Cooper at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7, in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Cooper will present a program of music by Franz Liszt, including the "Mephisto Waltz," Notturno III: "Liebestraum," Etude de Concert No. 3: "La Campanella," "Consolation" in D-flat Major, "Polonaise" in E Major, and Liszt’s transcriptions of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A Minor and Verdi’s "Rigoletto Fantasy."
Cooper, who recently retired from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, was a student at Pan American College from 1952-1955 before going on to study at L’Ecole d’Art Americains in Fontainebleau, France. He also studied at the Juilliard School in New York, at SMU and at the University of Colorado, where he received his doctorate in piano performance. He has worked as both a solo performer and as an accompanist of noted singers, including members of the Metropolitan Opera. He has performed frequently for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the National Opera Association.
On Monday, June 8, UT Pan American faculty artists Dr. Stephen Bomgardner, tenor, Dr. Morley Grossman, pianist, and Dr. William O’Neil, clarinetist and assistant professor and artistic director of the Summer Fine Arts Festival, will hold a concert at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.
The concert will include Eric Simon’s clarinet transcription of Antonin Dvorak’s Sonatina, Op. 100, Dominick Argento’s "To Be Sung Upon the Water" for tenor, clarinet/bass clarinet and piano, and four songs by Gabriel Faure — "Adieu," "Ici bas," "Mandoline" and "Aurore."
Bomgardner is assistant professor of music at UT Pan American, where he teaches voice and co-directs the opera/musical theater program. He holds degrees from Fort Hays State University, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and Boston University, where he received his doctorate. He has performed in every area of solo vocal performance, from principal roles in opera and musical theater to oratorio.
O’Neil is an assistant professor specializing in clarinet and saxophone. He received his doctorate in clarinet from the University of Minnesota in 1990 and taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Utah State University before coming to UT Pan American in 1992. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and Omaha Symphony and is currently co-principal clarinet with the Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Grossman is associate professor of piano. He has appeared with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and the UT Pan American Concert Band. He has been pianist for the South Texas Lyric Opera Association since its inception and has also served as association president. He received his doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University.
Concerts are subject to change. For more information, call the Department of Music at 381-3471.