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DSU Music Professor to Present Recital

By August 15, 2023Music
(L to R) DSU music professors Dr. Bret Pimentel, Dr. Kumiko Shimizu, and Dr. Josh Armstrong.

CLEVELAND, Miss. — Dr. Bret Pimentel, Professor of Music at Delta State University, will present a faculty recital Monday, August 21. The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Pimentel will perform on a variety of woodwind instruments and will be joined on stage by pianist Dr. Kumiko Shimizu, Professor of Music, and percussionist Dr. Josh Armstrong, Associate Professor of Music.

The repertoire will include a long-lost sonata for bass clarinet by Bruce Howden, Pimentel’s arrangements of orchestral works by Ravel and Prokofiev, Armenian folk songs, Native American flute melodies, and more.

Pimentel said, “The bass clarinet sonata, a charming piece by composer Bruce Howden, may not have been performed in nearly 75 years. A copy was sent to me by the family of a musician who performed it in 1950.”

Pimentel will play some lesser-known woodwind instruments, the Lakota-style Native American flute and the Armenian duduk. These instruments were part of his dissertation research. He said, “To my knowledge these instruments have never been played in concert at DSU. I will also perform my own arrangements of a couple of well-known pieces, Ravel’s Boléro and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Both of these were originally written for a full symphonic orchestra, but my versions are for a multi-woodwind performer with a pianist and a percussionist.”

The public is welcome and admission is free. For more information about the DSU Music Department, visit For more information about other upcoming events at the BPAC, visit