CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 4, 2013 – Musicians Jeffrey Noonan, Doug Worthen and Stephanie Hunt are coming together to perform “Music for Traverso and Theorbo” at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus as part of the fall semester’s Faculty and Guest Recitals.
“The audience will have the chance to hear some baroque music that is very seldom performed in our area. Most of the music on the program was originally written for Louis XIV or Louis XV for their courts at Paris and Versailles,” said Noonan, professor of music at Southeast. “The musicians all play on original instruments or modern reproductions of original 17th- and 18th-century instruments, so the audience will hear something close to what original listeners at the French court might have heard.
“Of special note,” he added, “Douglas Worthen performs on an original flute, constructed in the mid-18th century. The instrument is made of ivory and is one of only a handful of original instruments still playable today.”
The trio is geographically spread out, with Noonan in Missouri and Worthen and Hunt in two different Illinois cities, meaning that for the group to practice, two always had to travel. However, Noonan says the trio has made it work.
“We worked out the schedule and have had some incredibly productive sessions. We hit it off immediately and feel that this program will be the first of many to come,” Noonan said. The concert will be the last of three concerts the trio performs that weekend, with one performance at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale on Friday, the second at the Tavern of Fine Arts in St. Louis on Saturday and the last performance at Southeast on Sunday.
“Doug Worthen is one of this country’s top modern and baroque flute players. We are incredibly lucky that he is working this area. Stephanie Hunt is a young player who recently returned to the United States from a stint of study and playing in Europe. She represents the best in the new generation of early music performers, with a terrific technique and wonderful musicianship,” Noonan said.
They will perform selections from Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s “Sonata in E minor Op. 37, no. 2” from “V Sonates en trio,” composed in 1732. It will be followed by two pieces, selections from “Sonata IIᾰ“La Vibray” from Sonates melees, op. 2, composed in 1732 by Michel Blavet, and “Prelude in A minor, from Saizenay manuscript” by French composer Robert de Visée. Then, the group will perform pieces from “Sonata Three in A minor for Cello, RV 43” by Antonio Vivaldi. It will be followed by selections from “Suite in A minor from Pièces … mises en partition dessus et basse,” composed in 1716, also by Robert de Visée. It will be concluded by “Sonata in D major Op. 37, no. 3” from “V Sonates en trio, composed in 1732 by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.
Worthen (Baroque flute), an internationally-acclaimed performer, maintains an active career as a soloist on both the modern and Baroque flutes. His activities in early music includes a long tenure playing Baroque flute with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society under the direction of Christopher Hogwood as well as a recording of classical era repertoire with the Mannheim Quartet and a recent recording with acclaimed harpsichordist Ursula Duetschler of Boismortier’s Op.91. He regularly travels across this country to perform and teach, and has appeared at National Flute Association conventions. He has performed for the British Flute Society in Manchester, England, with other international appearances in Switzerland, Japan, Russia, China, France and the Netherlands.
Worthen holds degrees in flute performance – a bachelor’s degree in music and a doctor of musical arts — from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, and a master’s degree in music from the New England Conservatory. In addition to his performing and teaching, Worthen is a specialist in contemporary analytical systems, having published a book that offers a semiotic analysis of baroque and classical era flute concertos. In 2008, he joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he serves as assistant professor of flute.
An active and versatile musician, Hunt (baroque cello) performs on both modern and baroque cello. While she has performed with a number of modern and baroque orchestras, she enjoys chamber music and plays frequently as a continuo cellist.
Her current activities include performances with Chamber Project St. Louis and the Coromell Ensemble, a Mexican early music ensemble. She has participated in numerous international music festivals, including the Nederlandse Orkest- en Ensemble-Academie, Royaumont Formations Professionnelles (France), the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and two summers as a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow.
Her studies on modern cello led to a bachelor’s degree in music, summa cum laude, from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and a master’s degree in music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Following her American studies, Hunt moved to Europe and earned both a bachelor’s degree in music honors, and a master’s degree of music in baroque cello from the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands.
After five years studying and performing in the Netherlands, Hunt recently returned to the United States to settle in the St. Louis area. In addition to her performing, she teaches cello in the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Suzuki program and at Southwestern Illinois College, and maintains a private studio in St. Louis.
Trained as a classical guitarist, Noonan (theorbo) has played early plucked instruments for more than 30 years across the Midwest. Based in St. Louis, he has performed throughout the region with various ensembles including Shakespear’s Bande, Musicke’s Cordes, Early Music St. Louis, Bourbon Baroque in Louisville, Ky., Ars Antigua in Chicago and Musik Ekklesia in Indianapolis. He currently directs Such Sweete Melodie, a quintet specializing in 17th-century repertoire. As an in-demand accompanist and continuo player, Noonan performs a varied repertoire ranging from 16th-century chanson with solo voice to Handel’s “Messiah” with the St. Louis Symphony. A recognized expert on the early guitar, Noonan has produced two books and articles for Grove on the subject as well as a recent edition of 18th-century violin sonatas by Giovanni Bononcini for A-R Editions.
Noonan holds four degrees, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a bachelor’s degree in music from the Hartt School of Music and a master’s degree in music and a doctorate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He serves as professor of musicology at Southeast Missouri State University, and occasionally teaches lute and coaches early music performance at Washington University.
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 RiverCampusEvents.com.