Faculty members Richter, Parakilas, Naruse offer concerts

James Richter, an accomplished trombonist as well as a professor of politics at Bates, in his Pettengill Hall office. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

James Richter, an accomplished trombonist as well as a professor of politics at Bates, shown in his Pettengill Hall office. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Three musicians on the Bates College faculty perform two concerts in the coming days.

Trombonist James Richter, a member of the politics faculty, performs music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Serocki, Marcello and Jacob at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St. Joining Richter is pianist James Parakilas, Moody Family Professor of Performing Arts at Bates.

Pianist Chiharu Naruse, a member of Bates’ applied music faculty, performs 24 Preludes for Piano, Op. 41, by Lera Auerbach, a celebrated pianist, poet and visual artist as well as composer, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Bates College Museum of Art, also in the Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St.

The concerts are open to the public at no cost, but tickets are required, available at bit.ly/oacbates. For more information, please contact 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.

The Richter and Parakilas program comprises movements selected from these works:

•    Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Concerto for Trombone;
•    Kazimierz Serocki, Sonatina for Trombone and Piano;
•    Benedetto Marcello, Sonata in F Major;
•    Gordon Jacob, Concerto for Trombone.

Richter, who came to Bates in 1987, researches nongovernmental organizations and transnational activism in global governance, focusing on the impact of democratic assistance and transnational activism on feminist and environmental movements in Russia. He teaches international politics, the politics of postcommunism and environmental diplomacy, as well as seminars in theories of international politics and in NGOs and world politics.

His publications include Khrushchev’s Double Bind (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994), a study of cold war politics in the 1950s and ’60s.

Chiharu Naruse is a member of the applied music faculty.

Chiharu Naruse is a member of the applied music faculty.

Composed in 1999, Auerbach’s 24 Preludes extend a tradition, represented by such composers as Dmitri Shostakovich and Rodion Shchedrin, of prelude compositions predicated on Bach. Yet her miniatures, arranged according to the circle of fifths, are highly original, colorful and surprising.

A native of Japan, Naruse moved to the United States to study with Bates artist-in-residence Frank Glazer in 2002. Naruse holds a master’s in music performance and a master’s in music instruction from the Hochschule Fur Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

She has performed in France and Japan, and in Maine has been a featured artist at the Ocean Park Music Festival and the Franco-American Heritage Center. In addition to solo recitals and orchestral appearances, Naruse performs with violinist Dean Stein.

She also teaches at the Portland Conservatory of Music, where she is the director of the professional division.

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