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FGCU Bower School of Music Faculty Perform in Concert Sept. 20
9/2/2008

FORT MYERS, FL - The piano and wind music of Francis Poulenc will be performed by six faculty members of the Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 in the Student Union ballroom. The concert is free and open to the public.

The six performers not only teach music at FGCU, but also perform widely. Head of Piano Studies Michael Baron performs at least 40 concerts a year around the world. Bill Larsen is principal flutist with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Aaron Ichiro Hilbun has distinguished himself as an oboe soloist on four continents and with many orchestras. Paul Votapek is principal clarinetist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Kristen Sonneborn is principal bassoonist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Kirsten Bendixen-Mahoney plays horn with the Naples Philharmonic.

"The program contains works that have been repertory classics from the moment they were composed," said Baron. "Poulenc's music has an individual French charm that is hard to mistake for anyone else's."

Among the works to be performed at the concert is the "Sonata for Clarinet and Piano," which Poulenc composed in the summer of 1962 on a commission from Benny Goodman. It was to debut as a tribute to Poulenc in Carnegie Hall the following spring, but the tribute turned into a memorial. Poulenc died in January 1963. His "Sonata for Clarinet and Piano" was performed by Benny Goodman on clarinet and Leonard Bernstein on piano.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, but there is a reserved section for those who want a guaranteed seat at the concert. Call (239) 590-7851 to reserve a seat.

For more information, media representatives should contact Baron at (239) 590-7209.

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