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Guest artists to perform

Barry McNamara
01/24/2011
John McMurtery
Renowned New York flutist John McMurtery and guest pianist Ashlee Mack will perform a recital of contemporary music on Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of Monmouth College’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

Free and open to the public, the concert will feature the music of Messiaen, Cage, Takemitsu, Romig, Biscardi, Taylor and Sommerfeldt.

McMurtery is section flutist of the New York City Opera and principal flutist with the Opera Orchestra of New York. In addition, he performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony and the OK Mozart Festival Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, the Artemis Chamber Ensemble, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and at the 2005 Lincoln Center Festival. McMurtery has served as visiting professor of flute at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and he has also taught at Westminster Conservatory in New Jersey. He earned his doctor of musical arts degree in 2005 from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jeanne Baxtresser, Julius Baker and Robert Langevin.

Specializing in contemporary music, Mack has performed solo and chamber music with new-music organizations such as the Society for Chromatic Art, Vox Novus, New Music Forum and the Iowa Composers Forum. She has given recitals across the U.S., and in Germany and Italy. Recent concerts and presentations include events at Columbia University, Cincinnati Conservatory, the University of Illinois, Juilliard, Northwestern University and Rutgers University. In 2010, Mack was invited by composer Robert Morris to perform three solo piano works on his faculty composition recital at the Eastman School of Music. Her recording of James Romig’s “Transparencies” was recently released on Navona Records.

Mack, who is currently a piano instructor and accompanist at Knox College, earned her degree in piano performance at Bucknell University, where she studied with Lois Svard. She has furthered her studies with pianists Michael Adcock and Alan Huckleberry.