URBANA — John Dee, a professor of oboe at the University of Illinois, where he is the Bill A. Nugent Endowed Professor of Music Performance, will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the recital hall at Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews St. The concert is free and open to the public.
Other musicians who will perform are Cara Chowning, piano; Maureen Murchie, violin; Kim Uwate, viola; and Ben Hayek, cello.
The program will feature music by Michael Head, Alan Richardson, Bill Douglas, Peter Michalove and Wolfgana Amadeus Mozart.
Before arriving at the UI, Dee was principal oboe of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra in Miami for more than 20 years. He has collaborated with numerous major performing artists worldwide and performed with major orchestras such as the Chicago, St. Louis and Atlanta symphony orchestras. Many of his performances may be heard on National Public Radio's "Performance Today."
Dee has received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Endowment for the Arts several times and appears in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. His oboe students hold prestigious professional positions throughout the world, including in the Chicago Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera orchestras.