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Pastorale coming to Huntington

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History will come to life at Marshall University’s campus on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall as two professors join together to perform the “Pastorale: Woodwinds of the 19th Century.”

Oboist, Dr. Richard Kravchak, will be performing on stage with the oboe and is excited to honor all the musicians that have came before him.

“Even great artist like Bach and Beethoven and Brahms need people like me to interpret their works and bring them to life,” Kravchak said. “So I feel very fortunate and blessed to be able to do that.”

The audience can expect an abundance of melodies from the performance including “The Fantasy on themes from Rossini’s William Tell” which is better known as the theme song from the television series, “The Lone Ranger.”

“Music of the 19th century tends to sound a little sweeter to us. We call it the romantic era for a reason. It’s not harsh, it’s not probing, it’s just happy.””

— Dr. Richard Kravchak

Kravchak will begin the concert with the oboe but later will perform with more modern instruments that will bring a different sound to the recital hall.

“The poignant and beautiful melody of the oboe is what makes it most commonly the leader in the orchestra,” Kravchak said.

“Art reflects society and society has gotten more fast paced I believe,” Kravchak said. “Music of the 19th century tends to sound a little sweeter to us. We call it the romantic era for a reason. It’s not harsh, it’s not probing, it’s just happy.”

Flutist Wendell Dobbs and other faculty member, pianist Dr. Henning Vauth, will be alongside Kravchak for the evening.

Dobbs is looking forward to joining his colleagues on stage and adds another performance out of many under his belt.

“Right before I graduated I played in the United States Army Band in Washington D.C. and I did that for seven years,” Dobbs said. “At the end of that, I had a two-year scholarship to study in Paris and then I came back and I free lanced in Washington until I came here in 1985 and I’ve been here ever since.”

Chantil Foster can be reached at [email protected]

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