After a one-and-a-half-year hiatus, two musician professors from Marshall University took to the stage on Sunday with a recreation of romantic era sonatas at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. The students were greeted at 3 p.m. for a free performance by professors Solen Dikener, who plays the cello and Johan Botes, who plays the piano.
âWhat we hope to achieve is bring live music back to campus, in a safe way,â Botes said.
Since COVID-19 started last March, every performance they’ve given has been recorded. âRecording is far from the same as having a live audience, having a live audience creates a different vibrant energy as opposed to being alone in the concert hall with just a camera,â Dr Botes said. . Dr Botes and Dr Dikener have been performing as a duet for several years in venues inside and outside the state.
âIn addition to our teaching duties, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to give recitals and concerts each year at Marshall University and beyond,â said Dikener, âEach year we offer a selected directory that works from our list that we love to play. “
This year the two focused on two romantic-era sonatas by French composer CÃ©sar Franck and Polish composer Fredrick Chopin.
âEach work is of a different nature and represents qualities of the composer’s homeland. Both works feature virtuoso playing and, of course, many unforgettable tunes, âsaid Dr Dikener.
They both plan to have many more concerts soon, including this semester. On September 17 at 7:30 p.m., they will be joined by Wendell Dobbs, Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Media, who will play flute in the Smith Recital Hall.
The Wind Symphony and Orchestra are also preparing for live concerts this semester.
âWe have many amazing concert programs throughout the academic year,â said Dikener, âWe look forward to having all of Marshall’s students to enjoy. “
The recorded version of Dikener and Bote’s performance can be found on YouTube, uploaded by MU’s School of Music.
For more upcoming events by musicians and other live concerts, check out the calendar of events on the Marshall University page.