Professor of Music Kent Lyman has been very busy this semester with performances and professional service.
On September 23, he played a solo piano recital at the Cherry Hill Plantation in Inez, N.C. He performed works by Mozart, Beethoven and Liszt.
On the weekend of October 11-13, Lyman attended the State Conference of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. His current position with NCMTA is chair of the Performance Competitions of the Music Teachers National Association. As chair, he was responsible for organizing 10 different competitions involving a diverse array of instruments, including piano, strings, woodwinds, voice, and chamber ensembles involving wind and string instruments. The age of the competitors ranged from the youngest at age 12 to college students pursuing graduate degrees. There were 56 students involved and 12 judges. Lyman was assisted in this project by Meredith colleague, Margaret Evans, piano faculty member.
On Sunday, October 21, Lyman was the featured soloist in a performance of Franz Liszt’s Totentanz (Dance of Death) with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. This concert – called Tricks and Treats – was a Halloween-themed event, and all orchestral members were dressed in costume, including Lyman who appeared on stage and performed in his tails with matching vampire cape. Meredith faculty member Yang Xi was also the featured violin soloist in Saint Saens’ Danse Macabre.
On Saturday, November 10, Meredith faculty members presented a joint concert of works by Claude Debussy, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his death. Lyman performed Debussy’s work for two pianos entitled En Blanc et Noir (On White and Black), with colleague Margaret Evans. He will also be performing the Clarinet Rhapsody of Debussy with colleague Jimmy Gilmore, who has taught clarinet at Meredith for many years, and recently retired as principal clarinetist of the North Carolina Symphony. Other Meredith faculty members will be involved in performances of Debussy’s cello sonata, and works for violin and voice.