Southwestern College will host a flute recital and a flute masterclass by François Minaux on Friday, April 13. Both events are free and open to the public.
The masterclass will be from 11-11:50 a.m. in the Darbeth Rehearsal hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.
The contemporary music program will be at 7:30 p.m., in Messenger Auditorium, also in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. The program will include works by a wide variety of composers including a world premiere by Southwestern College associate professor of music Christopher Schmitz, featuring scholar in residence Brandon Blackburn, and SC affiliate faculty member Stephen Butler.
Born in Paris in 1982, Minaux started studying the flute at age nine. He received degrees in both flute performance and chamber music from the Municipal Conservatory of Paris where he studied with Frédérick Chatou, Jean-Pierre Sabouret, and Gérard Verba. Minaux later received the master of music degree from Yale University as a student of Ransom Wilson, and the doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Marianne Gedigian.
Minaux has toured as a soloist in Europe and in the United States including appearances with the Dallas Wind Symphony, the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, and Ensemble Instrumental Vibrations. He also participated in the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition in Paris in 2005.