Acclaimed Flutist Promises Musical Adventure

Flutist Molly Alicia Barth is the featured artist of "New Music at Willamette" Saturday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Hudson Hall at Willamette University. The free concert will also feature Daniel Rouslin, violin; Elise Yun, piano; Stan Bock, trombone; and Phillip Patti, percussion. An informal question-and-answer session will follow the performance.

Before her move to Oregon, Barth was a founding member of the highly acclaimed sextet eighth blackbird, a Chicago-based group that toured internationally and won numerous awards. The group was profiled in The New York Times and on NPR's All Things Considered, and was featured on CBS's Sunday Morning, St. Paul Sunday and Weekend America. The sextet was praised for their efforts to make new music more accessible.

Barth, who draws from both classical and jazz influences, is described as "ferociously talented" by The Oregonian. Her repertoire is ambitious, witty, poignant and occasionally humorous. "Barth gave an electric performance ... effortlessly leaping across registers and conveying a sense of intense dialogue," The Oregonian wrote about a recent performance.

The Willamette performance includes two world premieres written for Barth, "Mollitude" by Frederic Rzewski and "Little Suite" by Kotoka Suzuki. It also includes "Studio 2b" for alto flute and electronics, "Elegy for J.J." for solo trombone, several pieces for amplified solo flute, and a piece for alto flute and percussion.

A specialist in contemporary music, Barth is adjunct professor of flute at Willamette University. She performs solo and with chamber music ensembles throughout the country.

Hudson Hall is located in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. The Willamette campus is across the street from the State Capitol, on 900 State Street in Salem. For information call the Willamette University Music Department at (503) 370-6255.