ISSUED: 3 October 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s 2018-2019 Department of Music Salon Series sponsored by Jefferson Security Bank begins Thursday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Frank Center W.H. Shipley Recital Hall with a concert by Fairfield Duo, featuring Dr. Nora Suggs on flute and Dr. Candice Mowbray on guitar.
The duo, which explores flute and guitar music from around the world and across the centuries, will offer a “musical passport” concert with works from Spain, France, Japan, and Italy, with influences from the Middle East. The duo will also perform a contemporary piece by Maryland composer Richard Zarou.
Other planned Salon Series concerts include:
- October 25—From the Inkwell: a recital of poetry and passion. Soprano Dr. Rachel Carlson, assistant professor of music, and baritones Dr. Robert Tudor, Department of Music chair, and Bobb Robinson, adjunct music faculty, will present a recital driven by poetry, exploring themes of passion, forbidden love and longing, family, and justice. The performance will also feature an East Coast premiere of a new work by composer Laurence Guittard, as well as other contemporary pieces written for or arranged by the artists, and collaborations with Broadway conductor/pianist Jean Browne and pianist Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao, associate professor of music.
- December 6—The Vivaldi Project. The group, featuring violinists Elizabeth Field and Allison Edberg Nyquist and cellist Stephanie Vial, will present a program of Baroque and classical string repertoire that will feature selections of string trios from their first album and soon-to-be-released second volume of classical string trios, including those by Campioni, JC Bach, and Haydn, as well as works from other masters of the period.
- January 31, 2019—Joshua Walker Quartet. This performance will feature the compositions of award-winning jazz guitarist and Shepherd faculty member Joshua Walker. The music that will be presented is rooted in the tradition of jazz as it has developed over the last century, while also looking forward to new directions in improvised music. Walker will be joined by vibraphonist Chris Barrick, double bassist and Shepherd faculty member Kevin Pace, and drummer Kelton Norris.
All performances are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Frank Center W.H. Shipley Recital Hall. For more information about the concert series or other music department events, call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/music.
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