Musician Marking a Four-decade Career

March 18, 2015

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Charles Castleman

BRANDON, MB – The pro series 2014-2015 season’s penultimate recital will feature violinist and professor Charles Castleman on March 23, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at Brandon University (BU). He will give an unaccompanied solo recital, in which he will present a programme that will include Bach’s Chaconne, Ysaye’s Ballade and Obsession Solo Sonatas and Piazzolla’s Tango Études. His student, BU School of Music faculty member and violin instructor Kerry Duwors, studied with the famed pedagogue at the Eastman School of Music during her doctoral programme. She will join him on stage for Duo Concertante Op. 67 No. 2 by Spohr.

“Charlie is touring this unaccompanied recital throughout the United States in celebration of teaching 40 years at the Eastman School of Music! The Spohr Duo is a special substitution for the Brandon concert as he wanted to do something with me,” said DuWors. “He will also be leaving Eastman after 2014-15 to join the Frost School in Miami the following year.”

Completed in 1720, the Chaconne begins with a simple, compelling melody which Bach then transformed into a multitude of innovative, equally captivating and technically challenging mutations. Inspired by some of the greatest violinists of his time, Ysaye created six sonatas during the summer of 1923. The second, which is dedicated to violinist Jacques Thibaud, opens with a prelude named Obsession, while the third, dedicated to violinist and composer Georges Enescu, opens with ballades. Also challenging are Piazzolla’s Tango Études, which he wrote in 1987. These weave classical influences with piquant elements of the tango. Rounding out the programme is the Duo of 1824 by Spohr – a German violinist as well as conductor. It is a study of contrasts – light and carefree one moment and dramatic and exciting the next.

“This recital will be memorable. I invite the community to take in what should be a superb evening of music,” said Dr. Michael Kim, the artistic director of the pro series and Dean of Music at BU. “As well, to hear a master like Charles Castleman perform, here in Brandon, is an unparalleled opportunity. It is remarkable and inspiring to underline such a long and influential career with an epic recital like this.”

The School of Music gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Province of Manitoba, through a Consolidated Arts Programming Grant from Culture, Heritage and Tourism.

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship, and educates students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.

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For more information, please contact:

Joyce Burba
School of Music
Brandon University
(204) 727-9631
Burba@BrandonU.ca