By: Quincey White

The Sumter County Fine Arts Council is never one to bring dull and boring performances to the University of West Alabama. On Tuesday, Nov 3 in the Bell Conference Center, SCFAC brought “A Recital of Works,” presented by Erik Larson and Dr. Manley Blackwell.

The event was the third of the SCFAC 2015-2016 season. It presented the audience with musical works performed with Larson on the oboe and Dr. Blackwell on piano. Dinner was served before the concert and opened with an oboe and piano duet entitled “Concerto in C Minor” composed by Benedetto Marcello. The piece included “Allegro moderato”, “Adagio”, and “Allegro”. Other composers featured in the concert were presented as piano performances by Dr. Blackwell. The composers included Jenni Brandon, Frederic Chopin, and Sergei Rachmaninov.

After a brief pause, the concert concluded with another oboe and piano duet, “Concerto in F Major, Op. 37.” The Franz Krommer included “Allegro”, “Adagio”, and closed with “Rondo”. Larson and Blackwell received a standing from the full crowd in attendance.

Erik Larson is the Interim Chair of the Fine Arts Department at the University of West Alabama. He also is a performer for the Manhattan Chamber Philharmonic in New York and also the Carolina International Orchestra. Larson has performed in numerous venues and in numerous countries like Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Great Britain. He earned a Bachelor of Music from the Boston University of Fine Arts and Master of Music and Certificate of Performance from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.

Dr. Manley Blackwell is also on the faculty of the University of West Alabama as a piano instructor and teacher of music histories and fundamentals. He earned his Bachelor and Master’s in Music degrees at Louisiana State University and his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State University. Blackwell recently was featured in a previous University concert entitled “Grabbing Life by the Horns” with the french horn ensemble from the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. He also serves the organist at St. Leo’s Catholic Church.

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