Outside the Box

This half-recital features concert music that is crafted from materials that either are not traditionally western or are not thought of as high art. In this way, though the music is disguised as western art music, it has prominent elements that fall outside that particular box.

Timothy Hagen’s Pop, written for the Texas Flute Society’s 2017 Myrna Brown Competition, combines various pop idioms and extended techniques to create a work that straddles the line between art and pop. This is followed by Houtaf Khoury’s Rhapsody for flute and piano, a beautifully melancholy work that uses sounds and techniques from the music of Khoury’s homeland, Lebanon. Finally, Bohuslav Martinu’s Sonata for Flute and Piano, a warhorse in the repertoire, contains an entire movement (the finale) based on the call of the whippoorwill, a North American bird that, like all birds, creates music not for art’s sake but rather for survival.

Pop (2017)  Timothy Hagen
(b. 1981)
Rhapsody (1997) Houtaf Khoury
(b. 1967)
Sonata for Flute and Piano, H. 306
    Allegro moderato
    Allegro poco moderato
Bohuslav Martinů










Performer Biographies

Timothy Hagen is an internationally acclaimed flutist, praised for his "technical virtuosity and musical sensitivity" (NewMusicBox) and “real flair” (The Well-Tempered Ear). He has been a prizewinner at multiple major flute competitions, including the Myrna Brown Artist Competition, Australian International Flute Competition, and Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition. As a soloist, Hagen has appeared in concert at New York’s 92nd Street Y and Lincoln Center in addition to multiple concerto performances with the Missouri Symphony. He was Principal Flute of the Missouri Symphony from 2009-2016 and has performed with orchestras across the country, including the Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and Dallas Wind Symphony. His experience as a chamber musician includes fellowships at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Atlantic Music Festival.

In addition to his experience as a performer, Dr. Hagen’s compositions are performed by professional flutists across the country. Both his music and his pedagogical writings are published under the Owl Glass Music imprint, and his scholarly work has appeared in the journals of the National Flute Association (USA) and British Flute Society.

Dr. Hagen is currently on the faculty of the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also serves as flutist in the Wingra Wind Quintet. He has previously taught at Oklahoma State University and The University of Texas at Austin, as well as in partnerships with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Education, and Dallas Symphony. His teachers include Marianne Gedigian, Jim Walker, Philip Dunigan, Renée Siebert, Tadeu Coelho, Chelsea Czuchra, Felicia McNaught, and Tina Ballard.

Thomas Kasdorf is a doctoral collaborative piano student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is the recipient of the prestigious Collins Fellowship. He was awarded the Bolz Prize by the Madison Symphony Orchestra, has performed in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, and in 2015 with the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. Thomas is equally active as a director of musical theater, especially the works of Stephen Sondheim.