Tuple, a bassoon duo featuring Lynn Hileman of West Virginia University and Rachael Elliott of the University of Vermont, will present a recital of mostly contemporary music Friday, Jan. 16, at the WVU Creative Arts Center .

The concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall .

The program will feature the world premiere ofOak Dances,written in 2008 by Max Grafe, who won a Young Composers Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 2007. Other works will includeNocturnal Residentsby Chiel Meijering,Bounceby Michael Daughtery andSonatineby Pierre-Max DuBois.

Tuple is dedicated to exploring and expanding the contemporary repertoire for two bassoons, from the avant-garde to pop-influenced styles and free improvisation. Formed in 2006 by longtime collaborators Hileman and Elliott, the duo has performed throughout the United States, presenting lectures, recitals and master classes at venues such as the 2008 International Double Reed Society Convention in Provo, Utah; PlayersTheatre in New York City; University of Vermont; Burlington Bassoon Project; Eastman School of Music; and AV Space in Rochester, N.Y.

Hileman is assistant professor of bassoon and music theory in the WVU Division of Music . She is also co-director of the WVU Double Reed Ensemble and a member of the Laureate Wind Quintet. She is dedicated to the reinvigoration of concert music through performance of postclassical contemporary and experimental music, orchestral and chamber music, electronic music and interdisciplinary arts.

Hileman is principal bassoonist of the Binghamton (N.Y.) Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Syracuse and New Haven symphony orchestras, New Music New Haven and Eastman Musica Nova and at the June in Buffalo festival.

She has degrees from the University of Michigan, Yale University and the Eastman School of Music, where she was the 2004 winner of the Andrew G. Bogiages Memorial Prize in Bassoon.

Elliott is a freelance musician based in Vermont and a founding member of the chamber ensemble Clogs, with whom she has toured the United States and Europe and recorded several critically acclaimed albums.

She studied bassoon with Janet Polk and went on to earn performance degrees at the Manhattan School of Music and the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Frank Morelli.

Elliott currently teaches at the University of Vermont, Middlebury College and Kinhaven Music School.

For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4841 ext. 3108.