At the piano were an associate professor (Michael Rector) and an associate lecturer (Sylvia Hong) of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music faculty. They are husband and wife. In fact, their son-on-the-way (the couple’s second son), Atticus, got his first airtime mention when Michael Rector spoke between selections.
Michael Rector spoke of the research that went into the program. The quest among a huge output was for hidden gems, ones that would intrigue and excite the duo. One that they found in the Library of Congress was an unpublished manuscript, and thus Michael Rector said, “Fantastic Caprice” got a kind of modern premiere.