CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 25, 2013 – Patrick Rafferty and Laura Guyer Ross, adjunct faculty members in the Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a Chamber Music Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus as part of their duo Double Fret. The concert will feature solo works for both the classical guitar as well as a selection of their own arrangements for guitar and oboe.
The first half of the concert will include works for solo guitar by composers Leo Brouwer and Vicente Asencio, among other selections.
The second half will showcase many of the folk-tune arrangements that have made Double Fret one of the most exciting new duos in the region, according to Rafferty.
The collaboration between Ross and Rafferty showcases extended techniques and brilliant musicianship within the confines of popular style.
Rafferty began his studies of the classical guitar in 2000, earning a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from Southeast in 2004, where he studied with Jeffrey Noonan. He continued his studies at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, earning his Master of Music 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, Rafferty has appeared with the Gateway Orchestra of Debary, Fla., and the Southeast Missouri State University Orchestra in Cape Girardeau. He currently teaches classical guitar as an adjunct faculty member at Southeast.
Laura Guyer Ross
Ross received her Bachelor of Music in oboe performance from Miami University in Ohio and her Master of Music in oboe performance from Arkansas State University. In addition to her position as an adjunct professor of double reeds at Southeast, Ross also teaches at the oboe studio at Washington University, and is a faculty member at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. Ross performs as extra oboe for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and performed with the St. Louis Symphony in Carnegie Hall in New York in 2012. An active supporter of chamber music, Ross has been heard in many chamber series in the St. Louis and Cape Girardeau areas.
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.