Concerts & Lectures
John Bullard: Classical Banjo
Date: Oct. 9, 5 to 7 p.m.
As a classically trained musician and the first graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music to earn a degree in performance with the banjo, John Bullard has established a critically praised performing and recording career dedicated to exploring the artistic marriage of banjo and classical music. Bullard understands that accepting the banjo—a “folk” instrument with a complex pedigree—into the classical fold is a challenging proposition for
traditionalists; the guitar once had to navigate a similar journey to mainstream acceptance. But through three album-length recordings, live performance, and workshops, Bullard continues to introduce the classical banjo to a growing audience worldwide. Bullard’s concert repertoire includes solo, duet, and quartet performances of works from Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and others of the Baroque Period, along with later-period pieces by Schumann and others. More recently, Bullard has begun featuring new work by contemporary American composers, including a Caprice in D minor in the Romantic style, from composer Frank Mullen, and a set of 24 Preludes for Solo Banjo, commissioned from Adam Larrabee. In addition, Bullard is now working on a new collaboration with the genre-fusing composer Joshua Stamper. More information, including recent videos of Bullard in performance, can be found at JohnBullard.com.
Shepherd Faculty Recital
Date: Oct 16, 2:30 p.m.
A fun-filled recital featuring Shepherd “double reed” faculty oboist Greg Shook and bassoonist Richard Polonchak, performing oboe and bassoon duets, and solo concerto and sonata works, accompanied by pianist Dr. Laura Renninger. $10; free members and those 12 and younger. https://wcmfa.org/concerts-lectures-2/