Lenoir-Rhyne University's 2019-20 Concert Series presents a diverse group of offerings from new and returning musical friends. As usual, Lenoir-Rhyne presents both nationally and internationally-acclaimed artists, who are proven local favorites. This season, LR welcomes two ensembles to the concert stage for the first time, along with jazz and solo pianists. The events are free and open to the public except as otherwise noted.
John Cheek, Final Solo Recital
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, 4 p.m., P.E. Monroe Auditorium
Lenoir-Rhyne professor John Cheek is a pianist who has distinguished himself as top-prize winner in a number of national and international music competitions. At this event, he presents his final, local recital with a 30-minute film on the "12 Etudes of Claude Debussy" followed by a live performance of the work.
Joshua Espinoza Trio
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, 4 p.m., Grace Chapel
This jazz trio features Joshua Espinoza, piano; Mikel Combs, bass; and Jaron Lamar Davis, drums. With their release of "Journey into the Night," they bring an astonishing variety of music from the Eagles to Burt Bacharach.
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, 4 p.m., Grace Chapel
The Series welcomes back the stunning pianistic talent, Naomi Niskala, critically acclaimed as bold, rigorous, and poetic by "American Record Guide." Niskala will entertain the audience as she performs twentieth-century masterpieces by Robert Helps, Ursula Mamlock, and others.
KAIA String Quartet
Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, 7:30 p.m., Grace Chapel
The KAIA String Quartet, a Chicago-based ensemble, features Victoria Moreira, violin; Naomi Culp, violin; Amanda Grimm, viola; and Hope Shepherd DeCelle, cello. The quartet is devoted to capturing the essence of Latin American culture through the medium of string instruments. Busy professionals, the quartet recently completed a residency at WFMT, Chicago's classical radio station.
Friday, Apr. 17, 2020, 7:30 p.m., Grace Chapel
Over the course of their more than 20-year careers, Grammy-nominated quintet Imani Winds has discovered what audiences value most from their concerts – a sense of connection – with the music, the performers, the composers, the artistry, and beyond. The group features Brandon Patrick George, flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Mark Dover, clarinet; Jeff Scott, French horn/ composer; and Monica Ellis, bassoon. The fee for this event is $15 for general public, $10 for seniors, and free for students. Tickets will be available at the box office at P.E. Monroe Auditorium.
For more information, visit lr.edu/concertseries or call the LR Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 828.328.7206.
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.