Music from Spain and the Middle East

Danforth University Center Chamber Music Series begins Jan. 19

The Department of Music in Arts & Sciences will launch its spring Danforth University Center Chamber Music Series with a concert titled “Music from Spain and the Middle East” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19.

The performance will include works by Joaquin Turina (1882-1949), Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909), Enrique Granados (1867-1916) and Pablo de Saraste (1844-1908), as well as traditional Kurdish and Persian folk music.

Soprano Stella Markou will perform with pianist Martin Kennedy April 7.

Performers will include violinist Marc Thayer, vice president for education and community partnerships with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; harpsichordist Maryse Carlin, director of the Kingsbury Ensemble and teacher of applied music in the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences; and cellist Ranya Iqbal, a member of the Laclede Quartet who performs regularly with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

Additional performers on the concert will include three students from Saint Louis University: violinist Alan Hama Salih Mohammed, cellist Honar Ali and violinist Rebin Ali.

Subsequent events in the series will include:

Feb. 22
Music of Robert Wykes in Celebration of His 85th Birthday

A celebration of music by Robert Wykes, WUSTL professor emeritus of music. Performers will include the Trinity Piano Trio, The Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, violist Dee Sparks, violinist Jane Price, flutist Jan Smith and clarinetist Paul Garritson.

March 2
Scott Andrews, clarinet, and Nina Ferrigno Andrews, piano

Scott Andrews is principal clarinet of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Nina Ferrigno Andrews, his wife, is on faculty at Webster University and has performed with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, among many others.

April 7
Stella Markou, soprano, and Martin Kennedy, piano

Stella Markou is director of vocal studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she teaches voice and directs their Opera Theatre productions. Martin Kennedy is assistant professor of composition and theory in Washington University’s Department of Music.

May 2
Silvian Iticovici, violin, and Richard Katz, piano

Silvian Iticovici is second associate concertmaster for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin in WUSTL’s Department of Music. Richard Katz is a St. Louis pianist, composer and arranger whose recordings include the albums Wandering, 10 Rock Etudes and Rock Etudes, Book II.

All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place in the Goldberg Formal Lounge of Washington University’s Danforth University Center, 6475 Forsyth Blvd.

For more information, call (314) 935-5566 or e-mail

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