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9/8/2003 Linfield music faculty to collaborate on recital

McMINNVILLE – Two Linfield College music faculty members, along with a guest performer, will kick off the fall music schedule with a faculty recital on Friday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Linfield adjunct faculty members Rhonda Ringering, piano, and Steve Kravitz, bassoon, will perform, along with guest performer Victoria Racz on oboe. Racz and Ringering will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s "Concerto in C Major for Oboe," Pierre Max Dubois’ "9 Esquisses" and "4th Solo de Concert" by Stanislas Verroust. Kravitz will join the duo for Johann Philipp Kirnberg’s "Sonata in B-flat for Oboe and Continuo." Ringering will perform Samuel Barber’s "Excursions for Solo Piano."

Ringering, staff accompanist and adjunct professor of piano at Linfield, has released two CDs including "Oregon Impressions: the Original Piano Music of Dave Deason" and "Made in America, a collection of American music." She is an active chamber music and solo performer for venues as diverse as Multnomah County Library, The Old Church and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival. In addition, she is founder and artistic director for two music series — Forest Grove Chamber Music Series and No Dead Guys, a series located at Music Millennium in Portland that features the music of local living composers. She has authored five books and her articles regularly appear in Clavier magazine. Ringering maintains a private piano studio in Forest Grove.

Kravitz, adjunct professor of music at Linfield, has played with groups such as Harry James, Jimmy Dorsey, Tony Bennett, Louie Bellson, Woody Hite and Art Abrams. As a studio musician he has played in TV shows and movies including PBS Specials, "Streets of San Francisco," "Rookies," "Kojak" and "Barnaby Jones," and he received an Emmy for ABC-TV "Playbreak" Special. In addition to being on call with the Oregon Symphony, Kravitz plays with the Boomer Band, Linfield Chamber Orchestra, Yaquina Orchestra and various musicals in Portland. He has produced and played on two CDs within the last few years. He also teaches at Pacific University.

Racz has performed throughout the United States in professional ensembles on oboe and English horn and as a recitalist, competition winner and soloist. As an orchestral soloist she has performed with ensembles across the United States. She is the principal oboist with the Oregon Chamber Players, principal with the Newport Orchestra and oboist with the Con Grazia Wind Quintet. She is the general manager and primary wind coach for the Junior Symphony of Vancouver, and is in demand throughout the Northwest as a teacher and adjudicator. She is the founder and director of the annual Northwest Oboe Seminar.

For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.