CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Hope Thacker, Mezzo-soprano, and Dr. Brian Thacker, Trombonist, of the Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presented a recital on December 20 in Weill Hall at the Carnegie Center in New York, N.Y. The recital was presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York and featured world premieres of two new works for both the chamber ensemble and her as a soloist.
After auditioning and being invited to perform a solo during the recital, Thacker was able to request other performers, Dr. Brian Thacker, and Bethel University faculty members Keith Herris, Pianist, and Joshua Smith, Percussionist, who all shared the stage. Dr. Hope Thacker says this was their first time appearing on the Weill Hall stage.
“I'm thrilled to be able to perform on a national level, and I hope it affords our talented faculty in the Music Department a little more notice,” said Dr. Hope Thacker, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music. “We work with a wonderful department of musicians and educators, and Brian and I are very glad to be here.”
The recital titled, “A Cultural Collage in Song: America’s Journey,” also featured other performers representing Texas as well as the works of Daniel Musselman, Assistant Professor of Music at Union University, and Jonathan Green, Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Illinois Wesleyan.
For those who weren’t able to travel to New York to enjoy the concert, music lovers can catch those highlights here on campus this spring. Both Drs. Brian and Hope Thacker will be joined by Dr. Matthew McClung, Percussionist at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, for the Texas premier of the compositions by Musselman and Green, in the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Music Department at 361.825.5523.