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Dec 1:Brevard Music Center and College Present Concert Series

The Brevard Music Center, in partnership with Brevard College, presents its First Mondays concert series on December 1, 2014, at 12:30pm in Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Brevard College. The program will feature Brevard Music Center artist faculty member Sue Barber and pianist Lori Piitz, with guest flutist Dilshad Posnock. They will perform works by Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Weber, and more.

December’s local charity partner is Western Carolina Community Action. The mission of Western Carolina Community Action is to assist low-income and under-served people in areas of western North Carolina in achieving their full potential through quality services and advocacy through such programs as Head Start and Early Head Start, Transportation, Housing, Senior Services and Self-Sufficiency.  WCCA serves Transylvania, Henderson and Polk Counties.  WCCA will be collecting donations (cash or check) at the concert. For more information regarding services in Transylvania County please contact Sheila Galloway, Transylvania County Assistant Director at sheilawcca@citcom.net.

The First Mondays series is presented October through May by the Brevard Music Center, a world-renowned summer music institute and festival. The Music Center presents 80 public concerts in the summer season, more than 30 of which have no admission charge.

The series continues on February 2, 2015, with a concert by percussionist Gwendolyn Dease. This concert is free and open to the public.

About the Artists

Sue Barber serves as Associate Professor of Bassoon and coordinator of the Woodwind Area at the James Madison University School of Music and is a member of the resident faculty ensemble, The Montpelier Wind Quintet. During the summer season Dr. Barber is a member of the artist/teaching faculty at the Brevard Music Center. She performs regularly with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony, Opera Roanoke, Opera on The James, and the Williamsburg Sinfonia. Dr. Barber earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam in New York, a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Louisiana State University.

Canadian pianist Lori Piitz has lived, performed and taught in both North America and Europe. Since joining the piano faculty of James Madison University in 2002, Ms. Piitz has participated in the Contemporary Music Festival at JMU, the Bach Festival at EMU, the Richmond Chamber Music Festival and the Staunton Music Festival. D.M., M.M., Indiana University; BMus, University of Ottawa (Canada); A.R.C.T., Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto. Piano professors with whom Ms. Piitz has studied include Menahem Pressler, Leonard Hokanson, Jean-Paul Sevilla and Helgi Fatovic.

Flutist Dilshad Posnock will join Barber and Piitz in Weber’s Trio in G minor. Ms. Posnock is on the artist faculty of the Brevard Music Center. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts and festivals across the United States, England, Puerto Rico and India. She has also been featured on BBC TV and BBC World Service Radio. Ms. Posnock holds performance degrees from the Royal College of Music, London, and Carnegie Mellon University, and has served as Artist Lecturer in Flute, and Director of the Artist Diploma Program at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.

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