The public is invited to a special, free recital by the Figarden Trio at 7:30pm Saturday, March 21 in the college’s music room (CA-2). The trio is made up of husband and wife Larry Gardner (bassoon) and Nancy Wallace (flute), along with Laura Porter (harp).
“Instrumentation, to a composer, is like blending of colors is to an artist,” said David Hensley, Professor of Music at Porterville College. “When a trio plays, there is a certain tonal sound, or timbre, that is unique to that combination of instruments,” Hensley continued. “Harp and flute have been blended together by composers for generations because of the unique beauty of this combination; add a bassoon and the magic triples.”
Porter, principal harpist for the Fresno Philharmonic and Bakersfield Symphony Orchestras, has previously teamed with Wallace, who also plays in the Bakersfield Symphony. To form the Figarden Trio, they have added bassoonist Gardiner, who principal bassoonist with the Fresno Philharmonic. All three players enjoy a fine reputation for teaching and performing in the Valley and audiences will be richly rewarded by their trio performance this week.
“A masterpiece for this instrumentation (flute, bassoon and harp) is Pastorales de Noel written by 20th Century French composer, Andre Jolivet,” said Porter. “This piece inspired us to try to find companion repertoire for this concert. It is also the only piece [on our program] that is entirely original to our three instruments,” she continued. “Much of what we will perform is written originally for at least two of the instruments, with one instrument playing a transcribed part.”
The recital is free of charge and is open to the public. Parking passes will not be required during the event.
Porterville College is located at 100 E. College Avenue in Porterville. For more information visit www.portervillecollege.edu or call (559) 791-2255.