Recital to feature music associated with Slovakian capital

Northwestern State University
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 9:34am

Northwestern State University Professor of Flute Dennette McDermott will present a recital Monday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free. The public is invited to attend. McDermott will be accompanied by Elena Bogaczova on piano. The concert will include works by Mozart, Eduard Drizga, Bela Bartok and Jan Novak.

The concert theme is “From Bratislava with Love.” Each work represents composers that traveled to or lives in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Bogaczova is from Bratislava and McDermott has ancestors who lived in Slovakia.

Bratislava is an ancient town where the Danube and Morava Rivers flow. Many cultures and religions made use of the trade routes along these rivers. Before the birth of Christ, the Celts built a prehistoric town there. Bratislava was granted town privileges in 1291 by King Andrew III. The city served as the capital city of the Habsburg monarchy in the 16th century.

“I have spent many summers visiting this city,” said McDermott. “It is where I performed several concerts, learned a little of the language and sampled the local food and wines. It is truly a magical experience to walk these ancient streets where Mozart played a concert for the queen when he was eight years old, Haydn, Beethoven, and Liszt performed and Bartok lived as a boy.”

McDermott has been at NSU since 1990 and is coordinator of graduate studies. She made her European debut in 1992 in the Czech Republic with the Czech premiere of Jindrich Feld's “Introduzione, Toccato e Fuga.” McDermott has performed in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, England, Canada, Honduras, Russia, Spain and throughout the United States, including numerous performances at National Flute Association conventions. She was a winner of the Convention’s Performer’s Competition in 1994, 1996, and 1999. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from Michigan State University, a Master of Music in flute performance from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas.

Bogaczova is a staff accompanist and instructor of piano at Northwestern State University. She was an accompanist at the Conservatory of Bratislava, Slovakia in 2011-12 and an adjunct instructor and collaborative pianist at Northwestern State from 2008-2011. Bogaczova earned a bachelor of music and master of music from Northwestern State. She accompanies students for juries, junior/senior recitals, graduate recitals, and competitions. Her duties include accompanying faculty and serving as accompanist for the NSU Concert Choir and collaborating with guest artists. Bogaczova has performed as a member of Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, NSU Chamber Orchestra and NSU Jazz Band.


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Relevant info about Bratislava is minimal and rather inaccurate: "is an ancient town where the Danube and the Morava rivers flow" - a bit of geography but Bratislava is NOT an ancient town. Its former name, Pressburg is an ancient town and acquired its new name only in the XIXth century. So it could hardly have been granted town privileges in 1291. No mention of B. or Pressburg having been a coronation city of Hungarian kings aw well as of Maria Theresa. Why ? Is "trade routes" more important ?

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