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Faculty Recital Features Trumpet and Piano

10/19/2010 

A recital featuring music associated with the career of the Moscow trumpeter, Timofei Dokshizer, will be performed by SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department faculty members on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Ralph Dudgeon will play trumpet and Marina Gorelaya will perform on piano beginning at 8 p.m. in the Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre. The recital is free and open to the public.

“I first heard Dokshizer’s playing on bootleg records that were circulated among trumpeters during the cold war,” Dudgeon said. “Later, I heard him live when he toured the United States. I always admired his soulful expressive interpretations and his flawless technical skills. Recently, I learned that we share a few branches of a pedagogical family tree in the so-called Russian school of trumpet playing. My primary trumpet mentor, John Clyman, studied with a Russian emigrant named Vladimir Drucker in Los Angeles. Drucker was an early student of the legendary Mikhail Tabakov who much later was also the teacher of Timofei Dokshizer.”  

Dudgeon said this musical connection inspired the program in which each selection is either a Dokshizer arrangement or a piece that is associated with his long career as a trumpeter.

The recital will feature works by Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Kartzev, Rodion Shchedrin, Alexander Arutunian, Oskar Böhme and Alexander Goedicke. The program will also feature several Russian selections for piano solo and a special Dokshizer arrangement of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for trumpet and piano.

Dudgeon is a versatile musician/scholar known for historically informed performance on period instruments as well as contemporary repertoire. He received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, San Diego, and earned a Master of Arts in Trumpet Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from San Diego State University. Dudgeon has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico and China as a trumpet soloist. He teaches music history and trumpet.

Gorelaya was born in Ukraine where she began the study of piano at the age of six. She graduated with a master’s degree from the Institute of Arts at Kharkov. She later earned a Ph.D. in music from the Kiev State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. After a career as a concert pianist in her homeland, she came to the U.S. in 1996. She is currently the staff pianist of the drama department at Syracuse University and pianist for the Choral Union at SUNY Cortland.

The recital is partially sponsored by the Cortland College Foundation and the College Fund.

For more information, visit the Performing Arts Department website.