COLLEGE OF MUSICAL ARTS CELEBRATES THE RARE SERPENT HORN IN RESIDENCY, CONCERT
There’s a serpent in the College of Musical Arts. Not of the reptilian variety, but rather the musical type. The college will host a residency on the snakelike historical horn featuring Douglas Yeo, the leading scholar on the instrument. The event takes place April 4-6 at Moore Musical Arts Center and includes a free public concert, a seminar and a lesson on playing the serpent, plus master classes with college students and faculty members on the serpent and the trombone.
The serpent master class, led by faculty member David Saltzman, will take place from 9:30-10:20 a.m. Thursday (April 5) in 2002 Moore Musical Arts Center and is open to the public. The seminar will be held from 2-3:15 p.m. Friday (April 6) in 2117 Moore.
“The Ruth P. Varney Serpent: A Conversation and Concert Led by Douglas Yeo” will begin at 8 p.m. Friday evening in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Center, with a reception following in the Kennedy Green Room. The program includes marches written by Christopher Eley, Samuel Wesley and Josef Haydn for the Duke of York, the Prince of Wales and the Derbyshire Cavalry Regiment, plus a divertimento in four movements attributed to Haydn. Yeo’s performance will be accompanied by students and faculty from the College of Musical Arts.
The idea for the BGSU serpent conference came about when the college received the donation of a serpent from Dr. Glenn Varney, professor emeritus of management. The instrument had belonged to his late wife, Ruth, whose grandparents had purchased it for her mother.