By Clyde Davis: Local columnist
F irst there was Ian Anderson, the driving force behind Jethro Tull.
Then there was James Galway, and after that came Paul Horn.
These, in order of my awareness of them, were the musicians who drew my attention to the music of the flute.
Flute music, played with excellence and feeling, will be available to area audiences next Tuesday.
You may choose to attend, free of charge, a concert in Portales by a gifted and talented ENMU professor, Dr. Lindsay Beasley. The recital will be held at First United Methodist Church, Portales,7 p.m., with a reception to follow as hosted by the musician’s learning community.
On a personal note, I intend to take my granddaughter and allow her to immerse herself in Lindsay’s magic. That same granddaughter, as I wrote in a previous column, is interested in any and every type of art, performance, drama, music, dance, and so on.
I would be remiss if I passed up a chance to expose Mikayla to any form of art which she has never encountered.
What forms of art — in other words, what type of music — will Mikayla, and you, encounter when attending this recital?
The answer might best come from Lindsay herself.
“Variety. Everyone will walk away with at least one piece that they will enjoy.”
The selections of music vary widely, all different, though all might be said to be light, joyful, invigorating.
Mozart, the musical wunderkind. French flute compositions from the Romantic period, coupled with French flute compositions from later eras. Music of several hundred years ago, and music from a contemporary venue. Accompanied by Jacob De Hoyos on piano, Dr. Beasley has put intense effort into a program that will span the spectrum. About the only thing it might be safe to say, is that if you like funeral masses, you probably won’t hear any, as I implied in my topic sentence.
Lindsay is a native of Tennessee, who received her bachelor’s in music from the University of Southern Mississippi before going on to graduate work with a master’s from Southeastern Louisiana, culminating in doctoral studies at Texas Tech.
As an instructor in the ENMU Music Department, she conducts individual lessons, as well as classroom formatted instruction and participating in a freshman learning community (pair or triad with another instructor in multidisciplinary learning).
Perhaps the best way to finish is to pass along the excitement of one of the student workers in the liberal arts office:
“I already know about the recital; I’m definitely going to be there. I listened to her rehearsal last night and she was fantastic — this performance is going to be awesome.”
You can take that young lady’s word for it. But better yet, come and see for yourself.