Hilary Jones, assistant professor of flute, and Dean Roush, professor of music theory and composition, will be featured in the first concert of the season by the WSU Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 in Miller Concert Hall. The program will be led by Mark Laycock.
Jones, principal flute of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, will perform “Carmen Fantasy” by Francois Borne. Beginning her first full year on the WSU faculty, Jones maintains an active career performing and teaching throughout the US.
Roush’s composition “Ars Poetica” dates from 2011 and is based upon a poem by Tom Andrews, a cousin of the composer. Retiring at the end of this academic year, Roush is area coordinator of musicology and composition.
The concert also includes Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. Composed in 1937, ostensibly as an apology to Soviet authorities for his controversial opera “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District,” the work remains an unrepentant and bold testimony of an artist’s courage in the face of oppression and censure.
As an orchestral musician, Jones also holds the position of second flute with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and regularly performs with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Symphony’s Lincoln Center series, New England Symphonic Ensemble’s residency at Carnegie Hall, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra and she is a substitute musician for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and New Haven Symphony. She was twice a fellow at the National Orchestral Institute and was also awarded a fellowship with the Talis Festival in Switzerland.
Roush earned his BFA from Ohio University, his MM from Bowling Green State University and his DMA from Ohio State University. Roush is a former National Science Foundation research associate in computer music and a former instructor of theory and composition at Bowling Green State University. He has several published research articles, compositions and arrangements. His works for solo harp have been performed throughout the United States, Europe and Israel and are recorded on the Orion label. A compact disc of his “The Dove Descending” for flute and organ has been released on the Summit Records label.
Tickets are available online at the Fine Arts Box Office or by calling 316- 978-3233.