Michele Fiala, oboe
and Donald Speer, Piano
PULLMAN – Michele Fiala, oboe, and Donald Speer, piano, will perform music influenced by jazz, world music, opera and Romanticism at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Bryan Hall Theatre. They will present works by Robert Schumann, Ernst Krenek, Bill Douglas, Rodney Rogers and Antonino Pasculli.The concert is free and open to the public.
Michele Fiala has performed throughout the United States, Italy, and Canada and will perform this summer in France and England. Her CD of contemporary oboe music entitled The Light Wraps You has received international critical acclaim. Fiala has performed in the Banff Summer Music Festival, Louisville Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Orchestra Nashville, and with Lee Ann Rimes, Roberta Flack, Trey Anastasio, and Barry Williams. Fiala is assistant professor of Double Reeds at Western Kentucky University and has recently been named assistant professor of oboe and music theory at Ohio University, beginning in the fall of 2009.
Donald Speer, professor of piano, has been a member of the music faculty at Western Kentucky University since 1991, where his responsibilities include applied lessons for college majors, pedagogy, accompanying, class piano, and director/teacher of the WKU Keyboard Development program for pre-college students. He is also a member of the summer faculty for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. In addition to an extensive performance schedule in collaboration with WKU music faculty, Speer has appeared in recital with such renowned musicians as Steven Mead, Frank Morelli, Vince DiMartino and Paul Basler. He has also premiered and recorded numerous works by contemporary composers, including Michael Kallstrom, Lewis Neilson, and Rodney Rogers. He has performed throughout the U.S. and Italy as a member of the Fiala/Speer duo.