The Gustavus Department of Music is pleased to present Barbara Leibundguth in a faculty flute recital on Sunday, February 17 at 3:30 p.m. Accompanied by pianist Sonja Thompson, Leibundguth will present her recital in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus. The performance is free and open to the public.
Adjunct Instructor of Flute Barbara Leibundguth has performed as principal flutist with major orchestras in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Houston, and was a member of the Minnesota Orchestra for twenty years, including fourteen years as co-principal. She also served as principal in the Omaha Symphony and Opera/Omaha. A Chicago native, Leibundguth graduated from Northwestern University, and her teachers were Walfrid Kujala of the Chicago Symphony and French flutist Marcel Moyse. She attended the Marlboro, Blossom, and Grand Teton summer festivals, and has been featured on radio broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion and NPR’s Performance Today. Leibundguth recorded a CD for Albany Records, Visionary Duos for Flute and Piano, and she is a winner of a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Artists. Most recently, Leibundguth has been a regular substitute with the Detroit and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, and with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Leibundguth will open Sunday’s recital with George Hué’s Gigue and Albert Roussel’s Andante et Scherzo, op. 51, followed by the 3-movement First Sonata by Bohuslav Martinu. Leibundguth will continue with Ian Clarke’s The Great Train Race, written in 1993 for flute alone. Of this work, Shelley Monier wrote that Clarke utilized “such extended techniques as multiphonics, residual breathy tones, and singing and playing. After some improvisation, Clarke realized that the flute sounded somewhat like a steam train when multiphonics and note bending were combined in a specific way.” Barbara Leibundguth’s faculty recital concludes with Lowell Liebermann’s Sonata, op. 23, in two movements.
Sunday’s faculty flute recital by Barbara Leibundguth and pianist Sonja Thompson will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.