"Moods a la Mode" by Music Wall Duo: Abigail Walsh, flute Pei-I Wang, piano
This 50-minute recital features music in which composers were inspired by or used Gregorian church modes and exotic scales (pentatonic, whole tone, 12-tone) to tell a story or create a mood. “Mode” in this title has a double meaning- the first referring to various modes (scales) and the second “a la mode” meaning “in fashion”. While some of the pieces are staples in the flute repertoire some are less known despite the high-quality imagery and beautiful musical moments they create. A brief introduction to each piece will give listeners a lens into the story, mood, or compositional technique of the work.
|Passacaille, Op. 35||René-Emmanuel Baton|
|Deep Blue||Ian Clarke|
|Orange Dawn||Ian Clarke|
|A la Kasbah!||Alexandre Georges|
Abigail Walsh, flute
A versatile and passionate performer and educator, Abigail Walsh is an Applied Music Specialist at the University of Illinois Springfield and the flute instructor at Illinois College. She teaches at the Flute by the Sea Masterclass in Matunuck RI each May and performs with pianist Dr. Pei-I Wang in Music Wall Duo and with the Central Illinois Woodwind Quintet.
Prior to her Illinois positions she held the Principal Flute position in Hartford Opera Theater, the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra and the Oskaloosa Symphony and held a first flute position in the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band. Dr. Walsh has also been a faculty member at the Hartt School, the Hartt School Community Division and the Ethel Walker School, as well as the flute teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. She has been the flute faculty artist at the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Hartt High School Intensive Instrumental Workshop, and the Western Illinois University’s Summer Music Institute.
Praised for her radiant tone and inspiring teaching style, Abigail gives master classes and performs solo and chamber recitals regularly. She has performed at four NFA conventions, the Mid-Atlantic, Chicago and Iowa Flute Festivals and has been a featured soloist with the Cedar Rapids, Decatur and Taylorville Municipal Bands as well as with various groups at the University of Iowa, the Hartt School, the University of Illinois Springfield, and through the Engelbach-Hart Music Festival. Among Abigail’s notable accomplishments are winning second place in the Washington Society Young Artist Competition, the Emeritus Recording Competition and being a semi-finalist in the NFA Piccolo Artist Competition.
Abigail holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Hartford, the Hartt School, where she studied with Janet Arms and John Wion. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa while studying with Tamara Thweatt, Robert Dick, and Tadeu Coelho. Other primary teachers include Betty Bang Mather and her late step-mother, first flute teacher and mentor, Margaret Linnan Kegel.
Pei-I Wang, piano
Originally from Taiwan, pianist Pei-I Wang received international recognition as a laureate in the artist division of the prestigious 2011 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, which was held by American Liszt Society in celebration of Franz Liszt’s bicentennial. Her primary and former piano teachers include Drs. Ian Hobson, Rolf-Peter Wille, and Daming Zhu.
During her studies, Dr. Wang was awarded Yamaha (KHS) and Kawai scholarships for outstanding young musicians in Taiwan, accompanying/opera assistantships and a competitively campus-wide Dissertation Travel Grant from UIUC. Dr. Wang has won many competitions, including the UIUC Concerto Competition, the Ninth Annual 21st Century Piano Commission Competition with composer John Ritz, the Asian Audition of International Piano Competition “Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize”, and the National Music Competition in Taiwan, and the Liszt-Garrison international Piano Competition, among others. Her name appeared in the “Treasury of Young Talented Musicians” program sponsored by the Council for Cultural Affairs of Taiwan. Dr. Wang has performed extensively in many master classes, music festivals, and concerts in the United States, Europe, and Asia, both as a guest artist and a soloist with orchestras. Her orchestra appearances include the soloist with Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra, University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra (UIUC), and University of Illinois Springfield band (UIS). She regularly presented recitals of piano solo, piano duet/duo with several pianists, and flute-piano “Music Wall Duo” with flutist Dr. Abigail Walsh at several institutions.
Dr. Wang is passionate about the world of collaborative art and opera. She holds a Master of Music degree in vocal coaching and accompanying under Prof. Dennis Helmrich at UIUC, and was fortunate to work as a vocal coach and rehearsal accompanist in the Opera division led by Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz. Since then, she has been involved in many opera/musical productions and choral performances. She has served as a vocal coach, rehearsal pianist, and accompanist at several institutions and music groups, such as Springfield Choral Society, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Gloriana Chamber Choir, Millikin Opera, Blackburn Voice & Choir, UIUC Opera, Illini Women’s Chorus, and Women’s Chorus of Soochow University.
Dr. Wang is an enthusiastic educator and an active member of several professional organizations. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) in Piano by MTNA and has served as a frequent adjudicator in auditions and competitions (both state and district competitions). Her prior teaching experiences at the college level in US include Lincoln Land Community College, and Blackburn College. Currently, Dr. Wang is on the faculty of Millikin University and University of Illinois Springfield as an Adjunct Associate Professor and serves as President of Decatur Area Music Teachers Association (DAMTA).