By Maria Klecko ’15
Dr. Mara Parker believes music is crucial to a student’s education.
“So many people regard music and the arts as just a frill or as a form of entertainment. It’s most definitely not,” said Parker, professor of musicology and string performance at Widener. “For our students who participate in the program, my goal is that they learn that music is a form of communication, one that will provide them with ways of thinking and skills that will transfer to many situations.”
Members of the Widener chamber music program will perform solos in the recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 9, in the lobby of Alumni Auditorium. The recital, which focuses on what the musicians have been working on with studio instructors, is free and open to the public.
Thirteen students from various majors – including engineering, sociology, and creative writing – will perform pieces by composers such as Bach, Marcello, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky. Fine arts adjunct faculty member Chris Emata will accompany seven of the student performances.
Parker said that the students work closely and intensely with a small group of people to understand a composition.
“In essence, music is more than just a series of notes and rhythmic patterns,” Parker said. “It’s a way of thinking. For some, it’s a way of living.”
Dr. Parker, right, performing with students in 2011.