Posting Date: March 16, 2010
Kennesaw State presents flutist Christina Smith and guest pianist Peter Marshall
Faculty recital features both German and French composers
By Tabatha Wahlquist
Christina Smith, Kennesaw State University artist-in-residence in flute and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra principal flutist, will perform in a free recital presented by KSU's School of Music on April 5 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performing Arts Center. The recital will feature Schumann's "Romances” and Hindemith’s "Sonata for Flute and Piano" along with pieces by Handel, Debussy and Poulenc. Guest artist Peter Marshall will accompany on piano.
When selecting the pieces for her recital, Smith decided to create two distinct halves of the performance. The first half will feature German composers, while the second will feature French composers. “Both French pieces in the second half are full of expressive tone colors very typical of the way Debussy and Poulenc wrote for flute,” says Smith. Smith will also present pieces that she typically teaches to her own students so that they can hear how those pieces are performed. As Smith describes, “It gives students a chance to hear me play my repertoire professionally and live, which is rare. I am really excited about the concert.”
Written for oboe, “Schumann's “Romances” is very romantic and lyrical on the flute.” The Hindemith Sonata is described as representative of standard flute repertoire, demonstrating a range of the flute’s qualities. Smith says, “It was originally for recorder and works beautifully on flute.”
Smith joined the music faculty at KSU in 1999. A native of Sonoma County, California, Smith began her flute studies when she was seven. She appeared as soloist with many orchestras in northern California, including the San Francisco Symphony at the age of 15. In 1989, she entered the Curtis Institute of Music to study with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. She has also studied with Timothy Day and Keith Underwood. Smith was appointed Principal Flutist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1991, becoming the youngest principal flutist of a major American Orchestra.
Marshall joined the faculty of the Georgia State University School of Music in 2001. In addition to teaching accompanying, he is the musical director of the opera workshop during the academic year, and serves as a coach for the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop. Active as an accompanist and coach in Atlanta since 1993, Marshall is in frequent demand as a collaborative pianist in vocal and instrumental recitals. Marshall currently holds the Hugh and Jessie Hodgson Keyboard Chair at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and performs numerous concerts with the ASO throughout the year.