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Lafayette music instructors Alexis Fisher and Susan Charlton will present a free recital within a chamber music quartet at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in the Williams Center for the Arts.

The program will feature works by J. S. Bach, Ravel, Villa-Lobos, Hindemith, Reinecke, and Prokofiev. A reception will follow the recital.

Charlton, the director of woodwind ensembles and instructor for private flute lessons, will play the flute. Fisher, who teaches classical piano in classes and private lessons, will play the piano. They will be joined by soprano Frances Troup, a longtime Easton resident who sings with the local Twin Rivers Choral Society, and bassoon player Andrea Herr, who performs with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia and in many other engagements in the area and New York City.

“The main purpose of the concert is to inspire and encourage our students,” says Charlton. “Hopefully, this will get them to keep practicing.”

Charlton and Fisher have been playing together for over seven years. “It’s a very positive relationship,” says Fisher. “We both really enjoy working with other. We respect each other’s ideas, and it’s just fun. We take joy in putting together a program and exploring music.”

“I enjoy working with another musician of her caliber,” adds Charlton. “We have similar ideas about how we want the music to sound. “

Fisher has taught at Lafayette for 14 years, and has noticed a difference in the students she has encountered in recent years. “The students are coming in with a much greater music background,” she says. “They’re more advanced. I’m really fortunate to be getting some very fine students. Another plus is that I’m in a department that can nurture someone who is willing to be nurtured. There are many opportunities for students to play; the program has grown quite remarkably in the time I’ve been here.”

Fisher earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music at the Manhattan School of Music. She also attended Indiana University. Fisher has taught at Santa Clara University and San Jose City College in California. She is active as a soloist and collaborative pianist.

Charlton earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts at the University of Wisconsin. She has played the flute with many notable ensembles, including the American Wind Symphony, the Waterloo Festival Orchestra, the Milwaukee New Music Ensemble, and the Manhattan Wind Quintet. She maintains an active recital/performance schedule.

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