Concerts & Lectures
From Slavery to Freedom in Washington County with Dr. Emilie Amt
Date: Oct. 1, 1 to 2 p.m.
Historian and author Dr. Emilie Amt will discuss how Joseph Holston’s art reflects and exposes the history of Washington County. Sharing true stories of bondage, resistance, and journeys to freedom, she will explore the parallels between Holston’s art and local experience. Free for members, $5 non-members. Register in advance by contacting Donna Rastelli at 301-739-5727 or email@example.com.
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.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will present Shepherd University’s voice faculty in recital at 2:30 p.m. The faculty will present songs from 19th and 20th Century European and American composers with their brilliant pianist and collaborative artist colleague, Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao.
Soprano Morgan Brower, a Tennessee native, joined the Shepherd voice faculty this year. Dr. Brower specializes in opera and art song but also enjoys teaching and performing musical theatre, Contemporary Commercial Music styles, and being from the Appalachian Mountains, country and bluegrass hold a special place in her heart as well. She has sung on stages ranging from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to international stages in Canada and Ukraine. Dr. Brower will begin the concert with selections from Giuseppe Verdi’s Romanze I.
The concert will continue with baritone Bobb Robinson offering Four Songs by contemporary American Composer Gwyneth Walker. Ms. Walker’s music is beloved by performers and audiences alike for its energy, beauty, reverence, drama, and humor. Dr. Robinson has been praised by The Washington Post for his “charismatic stage presence” and “rich, flowing” singing, and by The Miami Herald for his “impressively effortless” singing. Dr. Robinson has performed at some of the nation’s most prominent venues, including the Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, The National Gallery of Art, and the White House.
Mezzo-soprano Michelle Perrine joined the voice faculty in the spring of 2022. She received her Master of Music Education degree in 2012 from Boston University, and her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2004 from the University of Toledo. She has sung with the Toledo Opera and given recitals and concerts throughout Ohio benefitting many worthy causes. Ms. Perrine will present American music by Stephen Foster, Ned Rorem, and Jason Robert Brown.
Baritone Robert Tudor will conclude the concert with music by two giants of British art song literature. Dr. Tudor has been praised by The Washington Post for his “powerful singing voice,” and “notable acting skills”. He enjoys performing opera, musical theatre, cabaret, and concert works throughout the United States, and is currently writing a new cabaret for concerts in 2023. Dr. Tudor will present the British composer George Butterworth’s cycle Six Songs from “A Shropshire Lad” on the poetry of A.E. Housman, and end with a tender arrangement of “The Last Rose of Summer” by Benjamin Brittten.
$10; free members and those 12 and younger.