(January 22, 2014) The acclaimed musical quartet, Pastiche, will perform in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Shearman Fine Arts Performing Arts Theatre at McNeese State University. This event kicks off the 2014 Spring Faculty/Guest Artist Series hosted by the McNeese Department of Performing Arts.
The ensemble is made up of four virtuoso musicians who together create a fascinating and creative interplay for the audience to enjoy. Pastiche includes two founding members, Jan Scott, clarinet, and David Scott, trumpet, both from McNeese, and the two newest members, Thomas Blomster, percussion, and Noriko Tsuchiya, piano, both from the Colorado area.
The quartet will present the world premiere of "The Seasons," composed especially for Pastiche by William Rose, associate professor of music at McNeese. In addition to the premiere of his work, Rose will discuss his piece with the audience at the concert.
Works by Lake Charles native Keith Gates and a number of other composers will also be featured. The concert will include a compilation of short videos in which each composer introduces their compositions followed by a live performance of the piece.
"We believe that contemporary music can be eminently listenable and enjoyable if diverse, quality music is made approachable and presented in the right way," said D. Scott.
The quartet was first formed in 1995 and has since grown to international acclaim over the years. The group's innovative arrangements and diverse styles, ranging from the Baroque to works by contemporary Pulitzer Prize-winning composers, create a unique, polished sound that is lauded by professional musicians and audiences alike.
J. Scott, assistant professor of music, teaches clarinet and has performed as a recitalist, clinician and soloist throughout the United States and with numerous orchestras. She has been an endowed professor of music and a Pinnacle Award winner for excellence in teaching. She holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Louisville. She teaches clarinet/double reeds, woodwind techniques and music education at McNeese and currently serves as assistant department chair in the department of performing arts. She is a Yamaha Performing Artist, a Louisiana Touring Artist, a Louisiana Roster Artist and a member of the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy Awards).
D. Scott, associate professor of music, teaches trumpet and holds the Alexander Endowed Professorship in Music. He received his bachelor's degree in music from DePauw University and his master's degree in music from the University of Louisville. He has performed as a recitalist/clinician throughout the United States with numerous orchestras, including the Lake Charles Symphony and Rapides Symphony Orchestra. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist, a Louisiana Touring Artist, Louisiana Roster Artist and is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Blomster is music director of the Youth Orchestras of the Rockies, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, percussionist with the Denver Municipal Band and vice president of the Denver Musicians Association. He teaches at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood and continues to perform throughout Colorado and write and arrange music for several bands and jazz groups. He has degrees from Metropolitan State College of Denver and University of Denver and has performed with numerous orchestras.
Tsuchiya holds degrees in piano performance from Colorado State University and Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Conservatory. She has studied everything from pre-Baroque clavichord to contemporary music represented by Pastiche. She has been solo harpsichordist or pianist with several orchestras including the Denver Symphony and has served on faculties at Union College in Kentucky and Red Rocks Community College.
For more information, call the McNeese Department of Performing Arts at 475-5028. Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.