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Oberle to present piano and voice recital
Sara Oberle

LARNED — The Larned Music Club will present musician Sara Oberle in a piano and voice recital at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Chamber of Commerce Jordaan Room, 5th and Broadway, Larned. 

“A Mélange of Boulanger” will feature music by two early 20th century French composers, the sisters Nadia and Lili Boulanger.

“They wrote for orchestra, organ, choirs, piano and other solo instruments, and the opera,” Oberle said. “Nadia is perhaps best known for her collaboration with Igor Stravinsky and her influence on American composers such as Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and Quincy Jones.”

Oberle will explore the life and times of these two composers through story and performance, focusing on music written from 1906 to 1922.

“It’s an interesting time in history to explore artistically because of the parallels to our current international events. Their music reveals the capacity to celebrate beauty, life and hope in spite of the turmoil of the 1918 pandemic, World War I, and a rapidly changing society,” Oberle offered.

Oberle was on the faculty of the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Kansas City Community College, Penn Valley Community College, Barton Community College, and various public and private secondary schools in Missouri and Kansas. She was selected twice as a paid performer in the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshops, where she studied with Robert Shaw and acclaimed German tenor Peter Schreier. Recently, Oberle was a teaching artist with Harmony Project KC, an affiliate of Harmony Project Los Angeles. She served in multiple full-time music directorships in KC metro churches, was a clinician and adjudicator, and has composed, arranged, and produced concerts, events, and recordings for performers of all levels. She currently works in broadcast, facilitating access to cultural and educational media for Kansans in 71 counties through her work with Smoky Hills PBS.

Admission is free and masks are encouraged.