Flutist to perform first faculty concert at USC

February 2, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – February 2, 2009 – Assistant professor of flute Jennifer Parker-Harley will perform her first faculty recital, The Myth of Pan in Music and Poetry, at 3 p.m. Feb. 8, in the recital hall of University of South Carolina School of Music. It is free and open to the public.

The program features music that centers around Pan, the Greek god of shepherds and flocks. The first part of the program features Syrinx by Claude Debussy and Psyche by Gabriel Mourey. There are also works by Pierre Louys and Jules Mouquet. Faculty members Lynn Kompass, piano, and Constance Gee, Viola, also will perform.

In selecting works for this program, I was initially inspired by the seminal work for solo flute by Claude Debussy, ‘Syrinx,’ said Parker-Harley. It set the tone for many more of the solo flute works written in the 20th century.

Two theater students, Sydney Mitchell and Gabrielle Peterson, will perform the scene from French author Gabriel Mourey’s play, Psyche, for which, scholars have determined, the piece was written.

The second half of the recital offers more modern depictions of Pan, and focuses on other aspects of his character. The program will close with Pan’s Dream, by John Kimora Parker.

A member of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra for eight years before joining the university faculty last fall, Parker-Harley also has performed with symphony orchestras throughout central Ohio and the Midwest, including the Cincinnati Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony.

For more information on faculty recitals or the School of Music, call 803-777-4280, or visit the Web site: www.music.sc.edu/.