Coffey recital features familiar composer


Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
The music of composer Stella Sung keeps getting more exposure here in Gainesville, as indeed has been the case all over the world. The occasion this weekend is an organ recital at the First Presbyterian Church by Mark Coffey, at 4 p.m. Sunday, when her "Fanfare for Opus 119" will be premiered.
Sung has been on the faculty at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, for several years now, but she has maintained a strong connection locally following her Fine Arts degree in composition from the University of Florida. Her parents remain in Gainesville, as do many of her friends in the arts community.
One of Sung's major works, "Constellations," an orchestral composition with visual enhancement, was commissioned by the Orlando Philharmonic and premiered in 2002; last year, it was performed here by the UF Symphony Orchestra.
UF has recognized Sung on several occasions, including being named as an Alumna of Outstanding Achievement.
The title of her new work refers to its commissioning by the church in honor of the C.B. Fisk organ installed there in 2002, the firm's 119th such assembly project.
The other works on Coffey's program include Bach's "Prelude and Fugue in A Minor" and pieces by Felix Mendelssohn and Charles-Marie Widor.
The recital is free, and a free-will offering will be collected.
n n n The Gainesville Suzuki Players will uphold a long-running tradition by presenting the 34th annual Otto Frey Memorial Concert, tonight at 7 at Oak Hall School, off of Tower Road at SW 14th Avenue. Besides the beginning and advanced orchestra groups, the program will feature two graduating seniors, Caitlin Lowery and Milana Bogorodskaya.
The concert is named in honor of the father of the Suzuki group's director, Sonnhild Frey Kitts.
n n n On Sunday, June 11, First United Methodist Church, 419 NE 1st St., will host an organ recital. The 4 p.m. program will feature the church's organist, Benjamin Ehrlich, with a line-up of Franck's B-minor Chorale and works by Bach, Durufle and Buxtehude.
This will be the last public recital on the Moller organ before the church's sanctuary undergoes a major renovation later this year, which will include improvements to the organ.
David Grundy can be reached at dmgrundy@aol.com.

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