Southeast Faculty to Perform Concert for Duo Lutes, Guitars

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 8, 2010 — The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present a concert for duo lutes and guitars by its guitar faculty, Jeffrey Noonan and Patrick Rafferty, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall on the River Campus. The program will include three pieces for Renaissance lute duo from 16th-century England. Based on popular tunes of the era, these pieces feature intricate melodic variations over a musical ground. Noonan also will play several solo pieces for Renaissance lute and guitar. The guitar portion of the concert will include popular marches and dances arranged for two guitars in the late 19th Century. These entertaining pieces, probably composed to be played by student and teacher, display elements of American ragtime and parlor songs. Contemporary duets on the concert include a suite by the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer as well as selections from a South American collection by the Argentine composer Celso Machado. In keeping with this Latin theme, Rafferty will perform Federica Moreno Tórroba’s famous “Sonatina,” composed for Andres Segovia.

Patrick Rafferty began his studies of the classical guitar in 2000, earning a bachelor of music degree in guitar performance from Southeast Missouri State University in 2004. He continued his studies at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, earning the 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, Patrick 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 Missouri State University Orchestra in Cape Girardeau. Rafferty 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. Currently, Rafferty directs the Southeast Guitar Ensemble and teaches classical guitar and guitar literature at Southeast Missouri State University.

Noonan, associate professor of music, holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame, the Hartt College of Music and Washington University in St. Louis.  In addition to directing guitar studies at Southeast, he teaches upper-level music literature and history courses. Noonan performs Renaissance and Baroque music on lute, theorbo and early guitars with Early Music St. Louis, Shakespear’s Bande, the Kingsbury Ensemble and Collegium Vocale St. Louis. His recent regional performances include concerts and recordings in Dallas, Louisville, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Chicago.

Noonan’s research activities range from the 17th to the 20th centuries and from art music to the popular. He has published two books on the history of the classical guitar in America and has read papers on that subject at conferences across the country, including presentations for the Society of American Music, the American Musical Instrument Society, and Music in Gotham (CUNY). With more than 30 years of teaching experience in the studio and the classroom, Noonan is a well-respected teacher both on and off campus. Many of his former students hold advanced degrees from prestigious universities and are successful professional performers and teachers. His recent guitar students from Southeast have been accepted into graduate programs at schools across the country, including the Peabody Conservatory, Northwestern University School of Music, University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the California Institute of the Arts. Tickets

May be purchased by contacting 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 may also be purchased online at metrotix.com, keyword “duo lutes and guitars” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.