Mar 1 2:00 p.m. Concert Honoring the Life of Rosa Parks and Black History Month
The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral will sing spirituals arranged and composed by Dr. Horace Clarence Boyer under the direction of Canon Precentor William "Pat" Partridge. Soloists Jeffrey Ballard, Alyssa Callaghan, Thomas Dinan and Daniel Zipperer will also perform. The concert will feature A Bright Light for Freedom: A Hymn for Rosa Parks written and composed by Canon Partridge following the death of Rosa Parks. The “Two Artists, Two Visions: Our Collective Story" art exhibit will continue to be on display in the Nave of the Cathedral. Take time to explore the works of nationally-renowned artist AllanRohan Crite and acclaimed St. Louis painter Cbabi Bayoc during the afternoon of March 1. The works of both artists documents African-American life in their communities.
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Varshavski and Shapiro were laureates of numerous prestigious national and international awards: A sampling of First Prizes includes: World's biggest competition in Miami, Florida, Rome, Jerusalem, Czech Republic, Munich, and more.
Dr. John Bell, conductor. William Partridge, organ Founded in 1998 the St. Louis Brass Band has become a wonderful addition to the arts scene in the St. Louis Metropolitan region. The membership is comprised of twenty-eight brass and percussion performers coming from various walks of life including teachers, college students, performers, physicians, and other career fields. The band has performed across the St. Louis area, for the Missouri Music Educators Association state conference as well as nationally at the North American Brass Band Association competition. Directed by Dr. John Bell, Director of Bands at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the band consistently excites audiences with their innovative programming which includes cutting edge contemporary brass band literature, traditional brass band contest pieces, transcriptions, marches, and sacred and secular music. Their Facebook page.
The program includes: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major /BWV 564/ trio: Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’ /BWV 664/ Concerto in G Major (Allegro-Grave-Presto) /BWV 592/ Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter /BWV 650/ Toccata F Major /BWV 540/
Gedymin Grubba – an international organist, composer, conductor performing about 100 concerts each year around the world. He is the most active Polish concert organist. He has recorded a number of CD’s and he frequently conducts master-classes and is invited to be an adjudicator for organ competitions. He is the Director of the International Festival of Organ Music in the Cathedral in Pelplin which is one of the most significant and prestigious cultural events of its kind in Europe and is also Chairman of the Promotion of Art Gabriel Fauré Foundation in Gdansk.
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Mar 15 2:00 p.m. Young Artists' Piano Competition Winners
Timothy Su is 13 years old and currently in the 8th grade. He has been studying piano with Shen Wen. He goes to Parkway West Middle School. He likes to swim, play golf, and ride his bike. Timothy also plays viola at school and loves to participate in various school plays and musicals since sixth grade. Timothy also teaches piano lessons to his 4 year-old neighbor.
Joseph Lu, silver medalist Division I
Joseph Lu attends Lafayette High School as a Freshman. He has been studying piano with Ms. Zena for 1 0 years. He is class president, likes to listen to music, hang out with friends, and read books. He also swims and plays tennis. He has won first-place several times in prior Missouri Music Teacher Association Competitions.
Alexandra Rice, gold medalist Division II
15-year-old Alexandra Rice has been a student of Zena Ilyashov for 9 years. She is a multi-year winner of the MTNA Missouri State Junior Piano Competition. Awards are too many to list here. A sophomore at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, she is an editor of the school paper. She enjoys dancing ballet, writing poetry, skiing and spending time with her family and friends.
Caroline Dong, silver medalist Division II
Caroline Dong, age 16, was born in Lawrence, Kansas, where she began playing piano at age three. Since moving to St. Louis in 2011, she has been studying under Zena Ilyashov for three years. Caroline is a three time Honorable Mention recipient of the MMTA Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition. She is currently a sophomore at MICDS, a Latin scholar, and competes in cross-country and track.
Jonathan Lin, silver medalist Division III
Jonathan Sebastian Lin is 18 years old and a senior at MICDS. He has studied piano with Laura Schindler of St. Louis for 12 years. Jonathan has received several awards from the MMTA (Missouri Music Teachers Association) State Competitions. He was also Soloist with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Alton Symphony Orchestra. He also plays clarinet. He is the son of Tai Lin and Yuhling Lu.
Mar 22 2:00 p.m. SIUE Faculty Chamber Music Showcase
The program by Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Faculty includes works by Robert Schumann, Eric Erwazen, Franz Schubert, Frederic Chopin, Joseph Haydn, and Ludwig von Beethoven.
Marta Simidtchieva, Cello
MartaSimidtchieva, ‘Cello, is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Dr. Simidtchieva is assistant professor of cello at SIUE, where she also is a member of the LeClaire Piano Trio and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. A native of Bulgaria, she earned her doctorate of music from Florida State University. She has performed with numerous symphony orchestras. See Program for more details.
Kris Pineda, Piano
Kris Pineda, Piano, completed his Doctor of Musical Arts (2012) in Piano Performance at the University of Texas Butler School of Music in Austin. There, he studied with renowned concert pianist Anton Nel. During his time at UT-Austin, Kris worked as a full-time graduate assistant, teaching applied piano under the supervision of pedagogues Sophia Gilmson and Martha Hilley. See Program.
John Korak, Trumpet
John Korak is Professor of Trumpet and former Music Department Chair at SIUE. He holds B.M.E., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees from the University of North Texas, where he was a student of Leonard Candelaria. Having performed with such groups as the Mexico City Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony, Texas Baroque Ensemble, Dallas Bach Society, Texas Brass Ensemble, and many more. See Program.
Eliana Haig, Violist
Eliana Haig, Viola, has performed with the Perseid String Quartet, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Winter Opera St. Louis, Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis, and Chamber Project St. Louis. See the program more. Eliana holds a Master of Music in Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music with honors from Lawrence University. More on Program.
Mar 29 5:00 p.m. Palm Sunday Evensong with The Cathedral Choir
Service music includes: Gallia - Gounod Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis - Howells God be in my head - Ryder
As always, please stay for the delicious reception provided by the St. Martha's Guild.
Reredos of Christ Church Cathedral - Photo by Timothy K Hamilton