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Bowling Green local to present music recital

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Paul Copenhaver [trumpet], Steve Litwiller [clarinet], and Kelley Head [piano] will present a recital in Bowling Green’s Church of the Nazarene on Thursday, Aug. 29.  The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Each performer will perform a several selections that vary in style, country of origin, and era.

The recital will open with a somewhat obscure three movement composition by English composer Gordon Jacob entitled “Double Concerto [for Clarinet and Trumpet].”

The recital will culminate with the performers again combining to perform Tony Plog’s “Animal Ditties.”  Plog’s composition is based on the poetry of Ogden Nash, and includes movements entitled ‘The Turtle,’ ‘The Python,’ ‘Hyena,’ and ‘Hog.’

Steve Litwiller will perform three selections on clarinet.  He will perform Charles Lefebvre’s “Andante” and Robert Clerisse’s “Promenade.”  Additionally, he will perform a Klezmer-syled piece entitled “Shalem-alekhem, rov Feidman” by Bela Kovacs.

Paul Copenhaver will perform two compositions from 1919 by cornetist Herbert L. Clarke; “Apollo Polka” and “Venus Valse.”  Mr. Copenhaver will also perform “Concertino in E-flat” by Sasche.

A 1969 graduate of Bowling Green High School, Paul Copenhaver was director of bands for the Moberly Public Schools for 33 years, and currently teaches band at Moberly’s St. Pius X School.  He received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Truman State University, and the Master of Education degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Mr. Copenhaver is a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild, and currently performs with the Harmonium Brass, Sauerkraut Serenaders, the ShowMe Brass Band, and is Assistant Conductor/Principal Trumpet for the Columbia Community Band.  He received the MSHSAA Music Educator of the Year Award in 2006, the National Federation of State Associations Music Educator of the Year Award in 2007, and was elected to the Missouri Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame in 2010.

Accompanist Kelley Head is currently an adjunct faculty member and staff accompanist at Central Methodist University where she teaches applied piano, piano technique class, and music appreciation.  She performs with the Columbia Community Band on horn and piano.

The Church of the Nazarene is located at 807 South Court Street in Bowling Green.  There will be no admission charge, and the public is invited to attend.