Music @ Main: Intermezzo with Brashier, Lowe & Springfield

Event Type: Library Program
Age Group(s): Adult, Teen
Date: 4/9/2017
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 4:30 PM
 Join us for an afternoon of chamber music featuring oboist Susan Hicks Brashier, bassoonist Shannon Lowe & pianist Maila Guttierrez Springfield! Libraryweek1

Susan Hicks Brashier earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Oberlin College-Conservatory and continued her musical studies at Yale University, earning a Master’s of Music degree in Oboe Performance. She is an active solo and chamber music recitalist and has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. She has performed with the St. Louis, North Carolina, Roanoke, and Kansas City symphonies, and as principal oboist with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Camerata, and the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra, and as solo English horn with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. Her teaching experience includes at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Kansas, Appalachian State University, and Rutgers University. Ms. Brashier taught music and band in Valdosta for 14 years, and now devotes her energies full-time to her private music studio.

Dr. Shannon Lowe serves as the Associate Professor of Bassoon at Valdosta State University, and has also served as adjunct Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Florida where she earned her B.M.E and M.M. degrees. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance at SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with the renowned performer and pedagogue Dr. Frank Morelli. An avid chamber musician, she also is the principal bassoonist of both the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra, and actively performs with preeminent orchestras in the southeast such as the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and Macon Symphony. For six seasons, she was principal bassoonist of the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra (now known as the Gainesville Orchestra). Recently, her article “Venting on the Bassoon” was published in The Instrumentalist Magazine.

Maila Gutierrez Springfield is an instructor at Valdosta State University and a member of the Maharlika Trio, a group dedicated to commissioning and performing new works for saxophone, trombone and piano. Referring to Maila's collaboration with saxophonist Joren Cain on the CD Voices of Dissent, the American Record Guide praised her as “an excellent pianist, exhibiting solid technique and fine touch and pedal work." And MusicWeb International selected Jag & Jersey, for which Maila collaborated with clarinetist Linda Cionitti, as the recording of the month for February 2010, noting that Maila “is superb in the taxing piano part with its striding bass lines and disjointed rhythms.” Maila has been staff accompanist for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, Georgia Southern University, the Buffet Crampon Summer Clarinet Academy, and the Interlochen Arts Camp where she worked with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. She has collaborated with members of major symphonies, including those in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Jacksonville. Her degrees include a B.M. from Syracuse University, and M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, where she was twice-honored with the Excellence in Accompanying Award.

Presented monthly (Sept.-June) in the Main Library's Hicks Auditorium, Presented monthly (Sept.-June) in the Main Library's Hicks Auditorium, Intermezzo concerts are free and open to the public, and reservations are not required. Free Sunday parking is available in the public garage at Duval and Main; bring your ticket into the Library for validation. Free on-street parking is also available on weekends.

Next concert: May 14 with trumpeter Cliff Newton
Library: Main Library
Location: Hicks Auditorium
Contact: Kathleen Brunner
Contact Number: 630-2665
Presenter: Kathleen Brunner