Chamber music by contemporary American composer David DeBoor Canfield will be premiered in a free concert by Bucknell University music faculty and guest artists on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sigfried Weis Music Building’s Rooke Recital Hall. Canfield will be in attendance and will provide brief verbal program notes for the six pieces being performed.
Four guest artists will join forces with four Bucknell music faculty and local performers for the varied program. Clarinetist and saxophonist Ronald L. Caravan (Syracuse University faculty 1980-2015), violinist Adam Paul Cordle of Gettysburg (Trio Alexander), and Washington, D.C. area violinists and teachers Adrienne R. Caravan and Laura Frazelle will collaborate with Bucknell faculty Lisa Caravan (cello), Leslie Cullen (flute), and Gregory Alico (chimes), as well as Williamsport-based pianist Gary Boerckel.
The program will open and close with premiere Canfield performances. The trio Natati Lifaneka (Set Before You) for clarinet, violin and cello — composed in 2018 for Ronald, Adrienne, and Lisa Caravan — will open the concert, while Dr. Canfield’s Sextet of 2014 for clarinet, string quartet and chimes will have its first performance as the concert’s closing work. Between the two premieres, three shorter duo pieces for solo instrument and piano as well as a brief string-quartet piece will be performed.
Based in Bloomington, Ind., Canfield (b.1950) has been a prolific composer of music in a wide variety of genres. His music has been performed by orchestras and wind groups that include the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the U.S. Navy Band (Washington, D.C.), the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Indiana University and University of Iowa bands, and the Slovenian Army Orchestra. One of his recent saxophone-concerto works has already been performed over a hundred times in numerous countries. Dr. Canfield is also active as a violinist, author, record reviewer (Fanfare magazine), recording producer, editor, archivist, and theologian.
The concert is sponsored by the Bucknell Department of Music.