Rafferty to Perform April 18 for ‘Sundays at 3’ Concert Series

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 5, 2010 – Patrick Rafferty, who teaches classical guitar as an adjunct faculty member at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a recital on April 18 as part of the ‘Sundays at Three’ concert series.  The recital will be held in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall located on Southeast’s River Campus.

The concert will feature two large-scale works for flute and guitar, Southeast’s professor of composition, Robert Fruehwald’s “Duo on Bulgarian Folk Songs,” and Toru Takemitsu’s “Towards the Sea.”  Paul Thompson, professor of flute at Southeast, and Tanesha Reeves, Southeast senior flute student, will join Rafferty on these pieces. Mary Miller will join Rafferty for a performance of Manuel Ponce’s “Sonata for Harpsichord and Guitar,” a piece seldom heard in live performance. 

“These three works represent the diversity of music composed over the last 100 years,” Rafferty said.  “While Ponce’s sonata maintains a conventional sonata form, it relies on widely contrasting phrase design and post-impressionistic harmony.  Fruehwald’s folk song arrangements utilize a fiercely rhythmic surface built with Eastern European melodies.  Takemitsu’s compositional language hearkens back to Debussy and Messiaen, yet remains highly individual, a true union of traditional Japanese music and Western European compositional style.”

Rafferty will also be performing the “Sonatina,” by Federico Moreno Torroba, one of the truly iconic works for solo guitar in the 20th Century.

“Chamber Music Sundays at Three” patrons can hear Rafferty discussing the program with Alan Journet during “A Musical Meander,” which airs from 8 to 10 p.m., Thursday, April 15, on KRCU 90.9 FM.

Rafferty began his studies of the classical guitar in 2000, earning a bachelor of music degree in guitar performance from Southeast in 2004 where he studied with Jeffrey Noonan.  He continued his studies at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, earning a master of music degree in 2006 and the graduate performance diploma in 2008 under Julian Gray.  At Peabody, Rafferty gave numerous performances, most notably in the classes of Manuel Barrueco and as a featured performer in the Thursday Noon Concert Series.  In May 2008, Rafferty was voted the top graduate performer by his peers at Peabody.  As a soloist, he has appeared with the Gateway Orchestra of Debary, Fla. and the Southeast Symphony Orchestra.  Rafferty has been featured as a guest performer on KRCU with Tom Harte and the “Cafe Concerto” radio program. While a student at Southeast, he won several performance awards including the Southeast Concerto Competition in 2004 and first place in the Missouri Music Teachers Association in 2003.  He has performed in the Alexandria Guitar Fest and Mid-America Guitar Festival and has given concerts across the eastern seaboard and throughout the Midwest.  In the past, he has served on the faculties of The Music Workshop in Baltimore, The Southeast Missouri State University Music Academy, and The Woodbridge Music School in Columbia, Md.

Tickets for the recital may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265.  Tickets also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at MetroTix.com, keyword “Rafferty,” or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.