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Concert Series

Established in the fall of 2000, the Concert Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University serves the university community and the greater Hickory area by providing opportunities to hear and interact with superb musical artists. The Concert Series brings musical artists to the University to present concerts and recitals, work with students in the master class setting, lecture to music classes, and provide examples of professional artistry in music.

For more information on supporting the Concert Series or if you are an artist wishing to be considered for an appearance, please contact the Concert Series.

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2016-2017 Season

LR Faculty All Stars

Sunday, September 25, 2015
Grace Chapel
3 p.m.

Join the LR faculty for this special performance of varied compositions and styles, from keyboard works to selections for brass, voice, and woodwinds.

Unifour Brass Ensemble

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Grace Chapel
3 p.m.

This marks the third consecutive fall recital by UBE, a regional favorite. This year’s offering includes many different style periods from the Baroque up through the end of the 20th Century.

Hallowe'en Plugged In!

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Belk Centrum
7:30 p.m.

This concert brings standard rock tunes, improvisations for keyboard, wind synthesizers, electric guitar, and drums, all played on electronic instruments. Musicians include special guest, David Wechsler, multi-instrumentalist; Michael Miller, guitars; Rick Cline, drums; and John Cheek, keyboards.

Naomi Niskala, piano

Sunday, November 20, 2016
P.E. Monroe Auditorium
4 p.m.

Naomi Niskala has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, Canada, Russia, Thailand, and Japan. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio and NPR’s Performance Today.

Lenoir Sax

Friday, December 9, 2016
Grace Chapel
8 p.m.

Lenoir Sax has performed jazz and classical chamber music for diverse audiences throughout the Southeastern United States and in Europe. The group’s many recordings represent a broad range from classical commissions to arrangements of jazz repertoire, to Gershwin and spirituals.

Peter and Will Anderson

Friday, January 20, 2017
Grace Chapel
7:30 p.m.

Hailed as “Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” by the New York Times, brothers Peter and Will Anderson are known for their exciting arrangements of jazz classics and fresh original music.

Elektra Winds

Sunday, February 26, 2017
Grace Chapel
4 p.m.

LR is pleased to present, Elektra Winds, the Piedmont Triad's newest chamber ensemble. Established in 2015, Elektra is comprised of four distinguished young professional musicians from Forsyth and Guilford Counties.

Tesla String Quartet

Friday, April 21, 2017
Grace Chapel
7:30 p.m.

The LR Concert Series will close out the season with a extraordinary quartet of chamber artists. Formed at The Juilliard School in 2008 the Tesla String Quartet quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York.

Past Concert Series Artists


Sanford Allen (violin), Tahirah Whittington (cello), Lena Fankhauser (viola)
Anthony Laciura, tenor


Michael Tunnell, trumpet
Lisa Ransom, flute
Abbie Conant, trombone
Kyle Gann, composer


Music by Latin American Composers
John Cheek, baritone voice (Metropolitan Opera)
William Duckworth, composer


Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, composer
Arthur Aharonian, piano
Charles Lazarus, trumpet
Velma Guyer, soprano
Anthony Laciura, tenor


Sean Osborne, clarinet
Virginia Tech University Early Music Ensemble
Western Jazz Quartet
Indiana University Early Music Ensemble


Bart Bullock, piano
Sanford Allen, violin
Paul Bro, saxophone
Ensemble Chaconne
Robert Satterlee, piano
Lark String Quartet


Davis Brooks, violin
Tallis Scholars (vocal ensemble)
Western Jazz Quartet


Lenoir Saxophone Ensemble
Lark Quartet
Blakemore Trio
Dale Fielder Jazz Quartet


U.S. Navy Brass Quintet
"Schubertiade" with Jerold Pope and Judith Burbank
U.S. Navy Concert Band
Robert Schwartz, piano


Fredrick Moyer, Piano
The Jasper Strings Quartet
Cleveland Duo with James Umble, saxophone
Four Nations Ensemble


Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
Pacifica String Quartet
Merling Trio


American Brass Quintet
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
William Chapman Nyaho, piano
John Wojciechowski Quartet


William Duckworth's Time Curve Preludes for Piano
United States Navy Jazz Commodores
Harlem String Quartet
Valerie Capers and Friends, jazz piano


Jon Irabagon Jazz Trio
Harlem String Quartet
The United States Navy Band
Adam Holzman, classical guitarist


Magnificent New Organ
U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier's Chorus
Hallowe'en Plugged In
New Chapel, New Piano
One of a Kind
Lenoir Saxophone Ensemble
Kruger Brothers and Kontras Quartet
Trios Old and New


"President's Own", US Marine Band
LR Faculty All Stars
Bach Vespers
Evening of French Songs
Music for One Piano, Four Hands
Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra
Tesla String Quartet
Thomas Burge, Trombone


John Cheek

Professor of Music
Hickory Campus