A festival held at Meredith to celebrate the work of composer Amy Beach has resulted in an invitation for music faculty members to reprise their performance at Wake Forest University.
The music department hosted the Amy Beach Festival in March 2014. Noted Beach scholar Susan Borwick, a professor of music at Wake Forest University who was the keynote speaker during the two-day event, invited the faculty to repeat their performance at Wake Forest. The concert will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, in Brendle Hall.
Meredith music faculty members Kent Lyman, Virginia Hudson, and Yang Xi will be performing Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67, with Erica Shirts and Ashley Kovacs, violins.
Lyman is a Steinway Artist and coordinator of piano at Meredith College. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, and abroad in such locations as South Korea, China, Brazil, Canada and Italy. He is very active as a solo and collaborative performer, and is in demand as a presenter, clinician, master teacher and adjudicator throughout the region and beyond.
Hudson teaches cello at Meredith College. She is director of Meredith's Live Oak Chamber Music Workshop for adult, amateur string players. Hudson has appeared as soloist with Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Raleigh Civic Symphony and Blue Lake Festival Orchestra.
Xi Yang was the principal violist for the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera and the principal violist with the Symphony of the Americas. In addition to his teaching position at Meredith, he is the assistant concertmaster with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and principal violist of the Carolina Philharmonic.
Meredith student Jennifer Paschal, soprano, will sing “The Year’s at the Spring,” and “Ah, Love, But a Day,” from Three Browning Songs, Op. 44, and “A Mirage,” and “Stella Viatoris.” She will be accompanied by Bonnie Stoughton, violin, Michael Stoughton, cello, and Andrew Kraus, piano.
The Wake Forest University concert is just one example of Meredith’s music department’s activities away from campus. Recently, the department presented a departmental showcase on the concert series at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wendell, N.C. The ensembles performing were Octavia!, Encore!, Sinfonietta Strings, Meredith Chorale, and six student vocalists who are presenting recitals this fall semester.
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