MUSIC: Longtime WWU music prof Gene Zoro bids adieu in concert May 17

After 46 years at Western Washington University, music professor Gene Zoro will give his final faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at WWU’s Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

The performance features faculty and students from Western’s departments of music, theater and dance in Igor Stravinsky’s and C.F. Ramuz’ “The Soldiers’ Tale,” a post-World War I tale about a soldier who enters an unfortunate deal with the devil.

Performing the landmark, hourlong work are Zoro on clarinet, Francine Peterson on bassoon, Larry Knopp on trumpet, Gregory Cox on trombone, Patrick Roulet on percussion, Walter Schwede on violin, and Zack Zydek on bass, plus Nathaniel Voth as the narrator, and singers Nick Perry, as the soldier; Rachel Brown, as the devil; and Amanda Thornton, as the princess.

The production is directed by Jim Lortz and conducted by Ryan Dudenbostel. Admission is free. Details 360-650-3130.