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Visiting flute-guitar duo to perform March 4

February 24, 2015

Duo Damiana featuring flutist Molly Alicia Barth and guitarist Dieter Hennings will perform as part of Indiana State University's guest artist recital series at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the recital hall for the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

The duo will also present a convocation on career development at 11 a.m. March 5 in recital hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Formed by Barth and Hennings, Duo Damiana is focused on broadening the cutting-edge body of repertoire for flute and guitar. Featured composers include Chen Yi, David Lang, Hebert Vazquez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Jean-Michel Damase, Michael Fiday and Toru Takemitsu.

In demand as a soloist, Barth focuses primarily on contemporary chamber music. As a founding member of the new music sextet Eighth Blackbird from 1996 to 2006, Barth won the 2007 "Best Chamber Music Performance" Grammy Award, recorded four albums with Cedille Records and was granted the 2000 Naumburg Chamber Music Award and first prize at the 1998 Concert Artists Guild International Competition.

Before assuming her teaching position at the University of Oregon, Barth taught at Willamette University and held residencies at the University of Chicago and at the University of Richmond.

The musical endeavors of Hennings span from new music on guitar to early music for lute, baroque guitar and theorbo. Recent engagements include concerts with pop singer Natalie Merchant and baroque violinist Monica Huggett, as well as appearances at the Mexican Embassy in Rome, Festival SpazioMusica of Cagliari, Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Mexico, University of Chicago, Festival Internacional de Chihuahua, New York's Joyce Theater, Julliard's Paul Hall and New England Conservatory. Hennings is a resident artist at the East Coast Composers Ensemble and the Eastman Broad Band Ensemble, with whom he maintains an active performing schedule.

Current recording projects include an album of works by Silvius Leopold Weiss for baroque lute and the guitar works of composers Juan Trigos and Luca Cori. Recently, Hennings collaborated in a recording project with singer Natalie Merchant, which also featured musicians such as Winton Marsalis, Medeski, Martin and Wood and producer Anders Levin.

Since August 2009, Hennings has been an assistant professor of music at the University of Kentucky, where he directs the classical guitar studies program.


Contact: Joyce Wilson, associate professor of music, Indiana State University, 812-237-2758 or