Pianist Mitch McKay opens the SF Performing Arts series on September 30

September 12, 2022 – Pianist Mitch McKay will open the 2022-2023 Santa Fe College (SF) Performing Arts Series with a classical music concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2022 at the Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts North West Campus Hall, 3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $9 for seniors, students, military and children 12 and under; and free for SF students, faculty, and staff with SFID. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Hall box office at 352-395-4181 or online at showpass.com/mitch-mckay.

McKay, who is a professor of music in the Department of Fine Arts and Entertainment Technology, will be joined by new SF viola professor Maurya Dickerson and flautist Christine Alicot of the Gainesville Orchestra.

“I’m very happy to open our season with this concert,” McKay said, “and I’m thrilled to have Maurya Dickerson here in college. This fall, she’s teaching violin and viola as well as a violin class. chamber music I hope that our string program can continue to grow and become an orchestra in the not too distant future.

On the program, works by JS Bach, Franz Schubert, Maurice Duruflé and SF music teacher Sheila Forrester, composer of classical music. Alicot, Principal Flutist of the Gainesville Orchestra, will join McKay in performing Forrester’s “Sonata for Flute and Piano”.

“I’m thrilled to play another great piece of music from my good friend Sheila Forrester,” McKay explained. “I love his writing and this flute sonata is a wonderful addition to the repertoire. I’m very lucky to play with a great musician like Christine; she brings Sheila’s music to life.

If Bach and Schubert need no introduction to classical music lovers, Maurice Duruflé is less well known. Duruflé was a French composer, organist, musicologist and teacher who lived from 1902 to 1986. He was assistant organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and titular organist at Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, also in Paris. His compositions include pieces for organ, piano, orchestra and choir, as well as chamber music. The musicians will end the concert with the “Recitative Prelude and Variations, Op. 3.”

“I wanted to play the Duruflé for a long time,” McKay said. “It’s rarely used instrumentation, and I can play it with great musicians. I think audiences will really enjoy hearing this unique work.

McKay’s concert is sponsored by Santa Fe College’s Department of Fine Arts and Entertainment Technology. For more information about the concert, contact McKay at 352-395-5144. For ticket information, call the SF Box Office at 352-395-4181.