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Baltimore Consort performs Dec. 10.
Centenary Concert Series
Baltimore Consort, the New Friends Chamber Players, two local pianists
and a San Francisco Opera star headline this year's Friends of Music Series
at Centenary College.
The Concert Series
is hosted and sponsored annually by the Hurley School of Music at Centenary.
Nov. 5: Pianists
Gay Grosz and Bill Bloomquist
On Sunday, Nov. 5 at
3 p.m., the season opener will feature pianists Gay Grosz and Bill Bloomquist,
who are well known to local audiences as accompanists for the Nena Plant
Wideman Piano Competition. They will perform solo and duo piano works
by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, and Medtner.
Bloomquist has performed
in many of the nation's major concert halls, including Washington,
D.C.ís John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Bostonís Jordan
Hall and New York Cityís Merkin Concert Hall. He has recorded two
CDs with clarinetist Charles Stier.
Gay Grosz recently
completed her masterís degree at Louisiana State University, where she
studied with Constance Knox. She is currently an instructor of accompanying
and piano at Centenary.
Dec. 10: The Baltimore
On Sunday, Dec. 10
at 6 p.m., the Friends of Music will present the Baltimore Consort, which
specializes in "early music," in one of their special Christmas concerts.
The group of six musicians was founded in 1980 to perform the music of
Shakespeareís time, and has since explored English, Scottish, and French
popular music of the 16th to 18th centuries, as well as German Christmas
tunes and Italian music of the Renaissance. They record on the Dorian
Feb. 18: New Friends
from the New Friends Chamber Players will be featured in the third concert
on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. Led by cellist Ruth Drummond and French
hornist Tom Hundemer, the New Friends Chamber Players are regional artists
from the Shreveport area. The group has been a regular feature of
the Friends of Music season for several years, performing a varied palette
of chamber music.
Centenary alumna Twyla Robinson appears March 25.
March 25: San Francisco
Opera Star and Centenary alumna Twyla Robinson
The Friends of Music
season will close on Sunday, March 25 with a 3 p.m. vocal recital by San
Francisco Opera star Twyla Robinson. A Louisiana native who graduated
from Centenary College before going on to graduate study at Indiana University,
Robinson has sung leading roles with the Merola Opera Program, Western
Opera Theater, San Francisco Opera Center, all under the aegis of the San
She has also performed
in the prestigious Schwabacher Debut Recital Series. Currently an
Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera, she will debut there this fall
with the role of the First Lady in Mozartís The Magic Flute.
She will also be covering the role of the Marshallin for Renee Fleming
in Der Rosenkavalier. Her accompanist for the recital
will be Gay Grosz.
All concerts will be
in the Recital Hall of the Hurley School of Music. Season tickets for the
series are $30 for adults and $12 for students. Single concert tickets
are $8 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets are on sale
at the music office of the Hurley School of Music. Call 318-869-5235
to order, or send a check to Friends of Music, Hurley School of Music,
2911 Centenary Blvd., Shreveport, La. 71104.
The series is free
to Centenary faculty, staff and students.