Instrumental students take opportunity to experiment in last recital of the season

Taylor Blanton would describe Francis Poulenc’s untitled trio as comedic. On Sunday, Blanton, a trombonist, will perform the trio along with Tess Coffey, trumpet, and Erika Miras, French horn. The three girls have dubbed their group “Beauty and the Brass.”

Students in the School of Music’s Instrumental Program will give the last student recital of the 2013 Season at 2 p.m. Sunday in McKnight Hall. The recital serves as the students’ last chance to perform for the Chautauqua community.

The trio hopes to show the audience the humor in the Poulenc composition.

“We’re actually hoping people laugh at this, because it’s so silly,” Blanton said, “and there are specific parts in the trio where it says to play things rudely. We’ll all be playing really soft for a while, and horn will interject with this bum bum bum or something really loud.”

Blanton will also be performing Paul Hindemith’s “Sonata for Trombone and Piano” with Keane Matsumoto. Hindemith wrote the sonata for the trombone to accompany the piano, rather than the other way around.

Blanton described the sonata as heavy, loud and earthy — nothing like the Poulenc trio.

“Hindemith is very Germanic in sound,” Blanton said. “It’s more of an orchestral solo than a light kind of French sound.”

Blanton said that her fellow instrumentalists impress her. She described the Music School Festival Orchestra as a collaborative group, as they are so willing to help one another. If one student is rehearsing for a performance or audition, his or her peers are more than happy to listen.

Stephanie Hegedus, flutist, will perform John Harbison’s “Quintet for Winds” with Claire Kostic, oboe; Sarah Manasreh, clarinet; Wade Coufal, bassoon; and Erika Miras, horn.

Hegedus described the piece as “graphic,” citing the interesting, space-like sound it evokes.

“Our group felt like the first movement reminded us of a spaceship going into space,” she said.

The quintet originally planned to perform the piece at the first chamber music performance of the season, but one instrumentalist’s tendonitis left the group short a clarinetist. They decided to take advantage of the final student recital instead.

The last week of the School of Music’s season has been an opporutnity for students to play new pieces, collaborate and push themselves even further — after an already intense seven weeks of studies and performances.

“I think yes, we want to have fun our last week, but music is fun to us,” Blanton said. “So it’s fun to push ourselves and be like, you know what? I’m not going to get to play with you for a very long time, or ever maybe, so why not just do it?”