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Hendrix to Host DDG Trio

CONWAY, Ark. (March 26, 2013) - The Hendrix College Department of Music will host the DDG Trio, a trio consisting of two oboes and English horn, on Monday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Karen Fannin at 501 450-1243 or 

The program will include:

Common Ground for trio of oboes and English horn (2012) by John Steinmetz (b.1951)

I. Mending Dance                                                                                  

II. Lament

III. Song (after Landini)

IV. All Together Now                                                                                                   

A News Cycle for two oboes and English horn (2012) by Matthew Quayle (b.1976)

I. Impending Doom                                                                            

II. Mass Hysteria

III. Class Warfare

IV. A Heartwarmer

Flight of the Monarch for two oboes and English horn (2010) by Robert Boury (b.1946)

            I. Out of the Cocoon                                                                          

            II. At the Flower

            III.On the Path

Variations on Variations on a Theme by Paganini for two oboes and English horn (2013)      by Andreas Oeste (b.1991)                                                 

Performers include Hendrix oboe instructor Lorraine Duso, Leanna Booze, and Beth Wheeler. 

About the Group and Artists

The DDG Trio received its name when Leanna Booze, Lorraine Duso and Beth Wheeler got together to play trios just for fun in February 2010. David Renfro (Arkansas Symphony Orchestra principal horn) and Dr. Dick Wheeler (Beth's husband), both extraordinary musicians (in different ways) heard the group and encouraged them to organize a performance. The first public outing was last spring at the Ruth Marie Allen Concert Series at UAMS. DDG is an acronym for Duck Duck Goose.

A native of Kingsport, Tenn., Leanna Booze is currently adjunct instructor of oboe at Belmont University in Nashville. She holds the position of principal oboe with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and has also performed with the Nashville Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Alabama Symphony. She received her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, her master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory and her bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. Her primary teachers have included Bobby Taylor, John de Lancie, and Mark Ostoich. In previous positions she has served as principal oboe of the Kentucky Symphony and lecturer in oboe at the University of Louisville's School of Music. In 2005, she was a finalist in the Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox International Oboe Competition at the International Double Reed Society conference in Texas.  During the summer, she performs with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in Columbia, Mo., and the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Door County, Wisc.

Lorraine Duso is an assistant professor at the University of Central Arkansas teaching double reeds and adjunct oboe instructor at Hendrix since 1999. Born and raised in Flint, Mich., she moved to Conway to teach at UCA and also play as principal oboe in the Conway Symphony and Pine Bluff Symphony, and second oboe with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in orchestras outside of Arkansas such as the Knoxville Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Estado de Mexico and Orquesta Sinfonia de Jalapa in Mexico. As a soloist, she has performed with the Fuzhou Philharmonic Orchestra in Fuzhou, China, and the Little Rock Wind Symphony. Dr. Duso spends her summers in Sidney, Maine, teaching oboe at the New England Music Camp, a seven-week summer program for junior and high school students. She received her bachelor's degree at Indiana University, her master's degree from Manhattan School of Music and her doctorate from the University of Michigan. Her teachers include Jerry Sirucek, Joseph Robinson, Tom Stacy and Harry Sargous.

Beth Wheeler is a native of New Rochelle, N.Y.  She earned her bachelor's degree from the Hartt College of Music of the University of Hartford. Upon completion of her master's degree from The Juilliard School, she moved to Little Rock and accepted the position of principal English horn with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her work with the ASO, she spent one year as principal English horn with the Memphis Symphony. An active chamber musician, she is oboist with Etesian Winds and has performed many times on the Arkansas Symphony River Rhapsodies Series. Beth has participated in the commission of several new chamber works by composers Michael Horvit, Robert Boury and Scott Millichamp. Her primary oboe/English horn instructors have included Lois Wann, Thomas Stacy, Bert Lucarelli and Robert Bloom.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit