German Duo to perform at SCAC

October 24th, 2000 by Adam

The Plymouth State College Department of Music and Theatre presents Thomas Müller, organ, and Peter Michel, oboe in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 29, at the Silver Cultural Arts Center. From Germany, Müller and Michel are on their first U.S. concert tour.

Peter Michel was born in Munich and received his first lessons from his father. He studied for five years at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin with Thomas Buchholtz, the solo oboist at the Deutsche Oper. He is a free lance musician and plays with many orchestras.

Michel has performed solo oboe concertos of Händel and Bach at the Philharmonic Concert Hall in Berlin and performs with the Ensemble Oriol and the New Berlin Chamber Orchestra. He teaches and coaches the woodwind section of various youth orchestras, and performed with the rock band Metallica when they were in Europe. His first solo compact disc, “Elegie for Oboe and Piano” appeared this fall.

Thomas Müller spent his childhood and youth in Berlin, where he began his first lessons on piano and organ. He studied organ, piano and theory in Weimar and later studied harpsichord and piano pedagogy in Leipzig. He has worked as a scientific collaborator at the J.S. Bach Archives in Leipzig and has written academic publications about Bach. Müller is a member of juries of regional and national German music competitions and was scientific adviser of a Dutch TV production about Bach’s cantatas. For the past eight years he has been the secretary of the organ jury during the J.S. Bach International Competitions and he is currently teaching at the Musikschule Steglitz and at Erzbischöfliche Kirchenmusikschule Berlin.

Müller and Michel will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger, Benjamin Britten, Marcel Dupre, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Paul Müller-Zürich.

Tickets are $12 at the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office, 535-ARTS. Box officer hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and during performances. If special arrangements are needed for people with disabilities, please call in advance.