USU students will be able to observe the masters for free Friday at 7:30 p.m. during the first performance of the music department’s 2009-10 Faculty Recital Series, according to a press release issued by Caines School of the Arts. Craig Jessop, head of USU’s music and theatre department, said it will be beneficial for students to see their professors in their element. Chilali Hugo, harp professor at USU, and flutist Leslie Timmons will be performing an eclectic ensemble of music for students and the community, Jessop said. “It is unusual, novel. Being able to go from a Romanian sonata, to an English folk song, to a Japanese folk song shows great diversity,” he said. Jessop said performing will help the music faculty keep its skills sharp and will be a great example to its students. Admission is free for USU students. It is $10 for the general public, the release stated. “Music is a craft,” Jessop said, “The ancient way of education is for students to apprentice themselves to a master.” Impact on students, even those who do not attend, is expected to be positive, said Jessop. The money made from the performance series, after staff and maintenance expenses, will go into the student fees accounts, which helps lift the burden of cost for instruments and other equipment that music students need. Almost everything involved in music is expensive, so anything that can add to the fund is a great help to the students, Jessop said. Faculty in the music department volunteer for the performances and plan the entire program, Jessop said.
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