PROJECT

The Friends of Music presents the final concert of the 2008-2009 Guest Artist Series on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center Theater featuring PROJECT, the dynamic young group that is exciting audiences with their energy and innovative style. This performance in Shepherdstown, sponsored by Jefferson Security Bank, is a musical experience not to be missed!

Blurring the lines of classical music the trio of flute, cello and bass has a sound described as a fusion of jazz, hip-hop, and world music-balanced out by a sincere allegiance to their classical roots. By combining the classical repertoire with original compositions, PROJECT reaches out to new audiences. Through performance and outreach/education concerts, we can provide access for the next generation of music lovers.

Recognized throughout the world for his redefinition of flute sound, Greg Pattillo was lauded by The New York Times as "the best person in the world at what he does." His groundbreaking performance videos on YouTube, showcasing "beatbox flute," have been viewed more than 20 million times. As an internationally acclaimed performer, educator and clinician, Pattillo can be found both on the concert stage and on the streets, subways and parks, sharing and preaching his sound. After earning his masters degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, he found work as the acting principal flute of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, became a founding member of the Collaborative Arts Insurgency and the 16th and Mission Thursday night gathering for performers in San Francisco, and champions his style of music with PROJECT, an ensemble of genre bending performers emerging from classical music roots.

An exceptionally versatile cellist, Eric Stephenson's style ranges from classical to jazz to rock and folk. He is currently a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee and the Colorado Music Festival. He served as Principal Cellist of the Canton Symphony Orchestra from 2002-2006 and was a regular substitute for the Cleveland Orchestra. As a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, he served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Aspen Festival Orchestra from 1999-2004. He has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. Stephenson earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with Honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music and was a recipient of the Ellis A. Feiman Award in Cello while a student of Stephen Geber.

Bassist Peter Seymour has performed with a multitude of highly acclaimed artists and ensembles. As a member of the Cleveland Orchestra he performed under the baton of Franz Welser-Most and in the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He was the recipient of the Downbeat Magazine Award for Best Jazz Soloist in 1996 and has appeared with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and Bobby McFerrin. The son of an educator, Seymour has been very active in planning and performing community outreach activities throughout the country and served as events coordinator for the New World Symphony Orchestra from 2001-2004. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master's Degree in Bass Performance from Rice University where he was a student of Paul Ellison. He is active composing and performing with PROJECT, the ensemble he co-founded with cellist Eric Stephenson. He presently resides in New York City.

The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that supports musical excellence at Shepherd University bringing world-class music and a thriving music program to the community. Tickets for Project are $20 for general admission, $15 for faculty, staff and children 18 and under, and free for Shepherd students. For ticket information and to learn more about the Friends of Music concert series please visit www.sufom.org or call 304-876-5765.