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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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2017-2018 Season

Sept. 12 - Dom Flemons

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
PE Monroe Auditorium
7 pm

World-renown folk musician, singer-songwriter and slam poet Dom Flemons is a Grammy Award winner and multi-instrumentalist, weaving stories and song together, preserving a treasury of American folk music.

Sept. 24 - LR Faculty All Stars

Sunday, September 24, 2017
Grace Chapel
4 pm

A new LR tradition. The music faculty in concert with works for brass, piano, voice, woodwinds and more.

Oct. 8 - Unifour Brass Ensemble

Sunday, October 8, 2017
Grace Chapel
3 pm

Local favorites, this ensemble regularly performs at LR and features LR Professor of Trumpet, Tim Phillips. UBE is known for its eclectic programming and custom arrangements by the group.

Oct. 17 - Stefan Kiessling Organ Recital

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Grace Chapel
6:30 pm - pre-concert lecture demonstration
7:30 pm - recital

German organist Stefan Kiessling is a world-wide active concert organist, having been invited to more than 20 countries across the European, American, Asian, and Australian continents. He serves as the assistant organist at St. Thomas Leipzig, which is world known for its tradition of Bach music.

Oct. 29 - Tesla Quartet and Friends

Sunday, October 29, 2017
Grace Chapel
4 pm

Audience favorites are coming back for an encore performance. This year the quartet plans a diverse set of duo sonatas with piano by Brahms and Franck.

Nov. 5 - Franz Liszt's Sonata in B Minor: Harmonic Drama, Conflict, and Reconciliation

Sunday, November 5, 2017
PE Monroe Auditorium
4 pm

LR professor Dr. John Cheek presents a lecture recital on the great monumental work for solo piano in the 19th century, Franz Liszt's Sonata in B Minor. A multimedia presentation will precede the live performance of the work.

Nov. 8 - United States Navy Commodores

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
P.E. Monroe Auditorium
7 pm

The Navy’s premier jazz big band continues the tradition of offering the “best of the bands” on the concert series. The concert is free but requires a ticket. Tickets will be available through the LR box office, open business days 9 am - 6 am or by calling 828.328.7206.

Dec. 10 - A Lenoir Sax Christmas

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Grace Chapel
4 pm

Lenoir Sax returns to the Hickory campus for a program of Christmas favorites. A delightful mixed offering of original holiday favorites arranged by the performers.

Feb. 16 - Three Trumpets

Friday, February 16, 2018
Grace Chapel
7 pm

LR distinguished alumni collaborate for an evening of music with trumpets and accompaniment. Special guest, Tim Phillips, LR alum and faculty instructor of trumpet with Reese Land, Mark Clodfelder and Michael Averett.

March 23 - Kontras Quartet and Friends

Friday, March 23, 2018
Grace Chapel
7:30 pm

The Kontras quartet has been brilliant on the concert series in years past and we are pleased to welcome them back. This program features “Warning Signs,” a premier by LR composer Luke Benton.

April 4 - ALETHIA, Abbie Conant, and William Osborn

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Belk Centrum
7:30 pm

The artists collaborate on original compositions for solo trombone and electronics, evocative, ethereal, lyric and dramatic.

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