Rhodes College professor to perform Oct. 1 on campus

By Zach Palermo
Staff Writer

Music lovers rejoice.

Musicians from the Rhodes College Department of Music will perform “An Evening of Robert Schumann” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in Union’s Hartley Recital Hall.

Courtenay Harter, oboist and associate professor of music at Rhodes College in Memphis, will accompany Brian Ray, pianist and departmental collaborative pianist at Rhodes College.

Harter teaches music theory, chamber music, and oboe and has degrees from the University of Connecticut, Carnegie Mellon University and Northwestern University. Ray teaches piano and has degrees in piano performance from the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee at Martin.

The two will play selections from “Three Romances,” “Opus 94,” “Sonata in A Minor,” “Opus 105,” and “Symphonic Etudes” and “Opus 13,” among others.

Professor of music Terry McRoberts said he has worked with Harter in the past through the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society, of which McRoberts is president.

McRoberts said Harter has been active in the society for a number of years and that she performs well.

McRoberts is enthused about the prospect of a Schumann concert, saying “Schumann wrote slow movements to melt the heart.”He encourages all students to attend the performance.

“The ‘Symphonic Etudes’ are worth coming to hear; it’s one of the landmarks of the Romantic Era,” he said.

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