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Arts / Entertainment

Woodwind wizardry

February 18, 2009

The warm, dark, and reedy tone of the bassoon has been compared to the male baritone voice. The contrabassoon, larger and pitched an octave lower, produces at its lowest octave a sound with an organ pedal quality. On Monday night, Feb. 23, CSU Bassoon Professor Gary Moody will explore the depths of the woodwind range on both instruments in the striking Organ Recital Hall in the University Center for the Arts.

UCA a prize facility

Patrons of the arts from the Northern Colorado region and beyond have discovered what a prize Colorado State’s University Center for the Arts is.  

A striking, world-class facility, the Center is the culmination of a $44 million dollar renovation of the former Fort Collins High School. 

Virtuoso series concert

On Monday night, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m., you are invited into the University Center for the Arts' roomy spaces to a Virtuoso Series Concert featuring Bassoon Professor Gary Moody playing the bassoon and the contrabassoon, exploring the depths of the woodwind range. The concert will be followed by a Meet the Artist reception.

Moody is an active recitalist on both bassoon and oboe, performing with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, Fort Collins Wind Symphony and the Canyon Concert Ballet Company. 

Delightful venue

The Organ Recital Hall is one of five state-of-the-art performance venues in the 330,000-square-foot University Center of the Arts facility. The Organ Recital Hall features wide aisles and seats, soaring windows, a curving balcony, and of course the magnificent Casavant organ as a backdrop for the stage.

Moody will begin with a Vivaldi concerto for bassoon, then continue with a piece by J.C. Bach, in which the theme for the first movement is reminiscent of the opening theme of Mozart’s earlier bassoon concerto, and a theme in the 2nd movement parallels that of the same movement in the Mozart work. 

Sentimental collaboration 

The program will also include a sentimental treatment of the repetition theme. “I played the Weissenborn Trios for Bassoon with my teacher, Ronald Tyree, who created the modern editions, “says Moody. “I am now repeating the pieces, this time with some of my students. Perhaps in the future, they will play them once again, continue with the musical habit of repetition.”

Featured performers include Bobbie Mielke, piano, Merrill Bourgoyne, bassoon, and Skyler Smith, bassoon. 


Tickets are $5/CSU students and $10/public. 

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603