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Salon Series kicks off spring semester with January 30 concert

ISSUED: 16 January 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s School of Music Salon Series, sponsored by Jefferson Security Bank, will continue Thursday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Frank Center W.H. Shipley Recital Hall with “Early Music Masterpieces,” an ensemble of Baroque instrumentalists featuring Shepherd faculty Brooke Evers, soprano, and an ensemble performing a program of works by Monteverdi, Buxtehude, and Handel. The ensemble includes soprano Lisa Dodson, violinists Elizabeth Field and Annie Loud, cellist Stephanie Vial, guitarist John Armato, and organist Patrick Merrill. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program will include a cantata by Dieterich Buxtehude; “Schaffe in mir Gott” by Johannes Brahms; a set of Monteverdi duets; a sonata by Baroque violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini; and Handel’s “Gloria,” a solo cantata for soprano and ensemble.

Evers has performed as a soloist at the Kennedy Center, Embassy of Austria, National Cathedral, National Shrine, Strathmore Mansion, Schlesinger Center, and Chautauqua Institution in New York. Field and Vial co-direct the Washington, D.C.-based period instrument ensemble The Vivaldi Project. Loud is an active area performer with the Washington Bach Consort, Opera Lafayette, and Washington Concert Opera. Merrill is a Dean’s Fellow and doctoral candidate at the Peabody Conservatory. Patrick was a second place winner in the Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition. Dodson has sung with Opera Vivente, Maryland Lyric Opera, OperaDelaware, Maryland Concert Opera, Mozart and Friends Opera Company, and Little Patuxent Opera Institute. Armato is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and member of the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and Peabody Consort.

Other Salon Series concerts planned for spring semester include:

• Thursday, February 27—Pianist Lynne Mackey will present a program titled “International Miniatures,” which will include a variety of solo repertoire, ranging from Chopin, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Albeniz, Cowell, and Tan Dun.
• Thursday, March 26—Shepherd adjunct faculty and bassist Robin Rhodes and Friends will perform selections from AfroHouse’s house concert experimentation, featuring Afrofuturistic music that is disruptive, exuberant, innovative, emergent, and transformative, with beats, noise, and lush harmonies.
• Thursday, April 2— Shepherd adjunct trombone professor James Martin and Shepherd staff piano accompanist Dr. Julianna Martin-Hayward will present “The State of American Trombone Music” featuring American trombone works by contemporary composers Eric Ewazen, Anthony Barfield, Anthony Plog, and Frank Gulino.

For more information about the Salon Series or other School of Music events, call 304-876-5555 or visit

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