January 15, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP, Professor of Music Emerita at Siena Heights University, continues her First Sunday Music Series on February 3, 2019, with a number of compositions by Béla Bartók. The concert begins at 1:30 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel at the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse Campus, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian.
The concert will feature Three Hungarian Folksongs; Evening in the Country; Diary of a Fly; and Dance in Bulgarian Rhythms. Sister Magdalena will also play the CDs of Bartók’s Game of Pairs, from his Concerto for Orchestra, featuring bassoons, oboes, clarinets, flutes, and trumpets in pairs, and his Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Adagio section, often called Night Music because of its quiet and mysterious quality.
The free concert, open to the public, will also feature brief presentations by Sister Magdalena on the composer, the compositions, and what to listen for in the music.
Born in Tokyo, Sister Magdalena came to the United States to study at Barry College (now University) in Miami, Florida, where she met and later joined the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Sister Magdalena taught music for Siena Heights for 37 years and has composed parts for the Catholic Mass, hymns, chamber music, and other music for the organ and the piano.