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Oboe and organ: a heavenly combination of sounds.

Byline: Bob Keefer The Register-Guard

Amy Goeser Kolb had been playing and performing on the oboe for years before she heard the instrument played with the organ. The combined sound was a revelation.

Kolb, a music professor at the University of Oregon, knew the standard orchestral repertoire for oboe, of course.

It was when she was studying for her master's degree with German oboist Christian Schneider - whose father was a famous organist - that she first realized the combination of the two instruments was deep and sweet.

"The colors, the texture, the depth, the dynamic, the way it can crawl in and out of the sound: It's unlike any other medium I've ever worked with." Kolb says. "There is so much texture to be had in the organ. And you can change that texture. That changes what happens to the oboe's colors."

Despite that, the published repertoire for oboe and organ is vanishingly small. Kolb says there are about five oboe-and-organ works to be found at the University of Oregon Library. Only perhaps 300 have ever been published.

But Schneider, she says, toured for years with his father, and in the process he amassed an enormous collection of music for the two instruments.

She brought the German oboist here last month to teach a master class for her oboe students. She called on the services of Julia Brown, who is director of music and organist at Eugene's First United Methodist Church, to play organ.

The students played a recital at a local church one Saturday morning.

"The students were just out of their minds," she says. "It was the first time they've ever played with organ.

"It is so different from piano."

You can hear the combination of instruments played in a new recital by Kolb and Brown.

They will perform Monday night, using the Brombaugh pipe organ at Eugene's Central Lutheran church.

The two women will play music by J.L. Krebs, Gaston Litaize, Armando Oliva, Felix Mendelssohn, Joseph Noyon and Norbert Schneider.

The program will also feature the world premiere of a piece by UO music graduate student Jeremy Schropp.

Kolb and Brown commissioned him to write the piece based on two J.S. Bach chorales and the traditional work "Wade in the Water."

The recital is part of the church's celebration of music director ElRay Stewart-Cook's 25 years of service in the music ministry.

Monday's recital is also the kickoff for a series of seven concerts the two women will perform with the same program on a January tour in Germany.

They will have appearances in Cologne, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Freiburg and Duesseldorf.


An Evening of Oboe and Organ Music

What: Oboist Amy Goeser Kolb and organist Julia Brown in recital

Where: Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St.

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday

Admission: Free
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Title Annotation:Arts and Literature; A UO oboe professor and a local church organist will warm up for a tour of Germany with a Eugene concert
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Dec 31, 2009

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