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Faculty Artist Series kicks off Jan. 18

January 13, 2016

Indiana State University faculty members Randy Mitchell, Martha Krasnican and Todd Gallagher will kick off the music events for spring semester with a trombone recital at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the recital hall of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

The theme of the recital, which is part of the Faculty Artist Series, is "Old Dog, New Tricks!" Mitchell will present the Terre Haute premier of two new works, including James Kazik's "Concerto for Trombone" and Jean Michel Defaye's "In the Manner of Schumann." Also on the first half of the program is Arthur Frackenpohl's "Variations on a March of Shostakovich."

Jazbo, a jazz duet of Mitchell and Gallagher on bass will be the second half of the program. This part of the program is dedicated to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and features compositions by significant African-American Jazz composers such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Charlie Parker.

A 1974 alumnus and in his 25th year of teaching at Indiana State, Mitchell also performs in the ISU Faculty Brass Quintet, the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and the Danville, Ill., Symphony Orchestra. He is also an original member of The Ambassador Brass Quintet, performing American Music on several concert tours in Thailand and China. Mitchell has performed for artists such as Marvin Hamlisch, Crystal Gayle, Vic Damone, Liza Minelli, Nancy Wilson, B.J. Thomas, Barbara Eden, Brenda Lee, Frankie Avalon, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Junior, Boots Randolph, Floyd Cramer, Clyde McCoy, Roger Pemberton, Eugene Rosseau, The Rat Pack Show, Dean Martin's Golddiggers, Jason Miles and others.

Krasnican is the director of the accompanying program at Indiana State. She graduated with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Brooks Smith, Barry Snyder and Frank Glazer. After completing her master's degree at Eastman, she also worked with John Wustman of the University of Illinois and Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio. As a collaborative artist, she has worked with major performers across North America and Europe, including engagements with the Western Horn Symposium and several World Saxophone Congresses.

Krasnican has performed as soloist in the Piano Concerto by Vincent Persichetti with the Indiana State University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the composer. She has also performed as a soloist with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, premiering two piano concertos written for her by her husband, Daniel Powers. In 2005, she was featured on the CD "Spring and Fall," a compilation of Powers' chamber works and songs. In February 2007, she performed the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano with cellist Kurt Fowler. She frequently performs in a piano duo with Beverley Simms, and they are both members of the piano/percussion ensemble Cramped Spaces.

Gallagher teaches string bass and jazz combos. A native of Illinois, he performs there with the Danville Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Danville Light Opera, and is house bassist for the historic Fischer Theatre renovation project in Danville. Gallagher is active as a jazz and electric bassist, a chamber musician and in musical theatre. He has studied with David Murray, Donovan Stokes, Todd Coolman and Rufus Reid. He has maintained a private studio of bassists for the past 10 years and regularly performs master classes for young bassists in various public school systems.