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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.

2018-2019 Season

Tatiana Gorbunova - October 12, 2018

Tatiana Gorbunova, Russian pianist
Friday, October 12, 2018
PE Monroe Auditorium

7:30 pm

Russian pianist Tatiana Gorbunova is an active soloist, teacher, and chamber musician. A graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, she is at home with a broad range of repertoire.

Adrian Smith and Gregory Knight - February 10, 2019

Adrian Smith and Gregory Knight, bass-baritone opera vocalist and pianist (LRU alumni)
Sunday, February 10, 2019
3 pm
Grace Chapel

With a deep, rich tone and commanding stage presence, bass-baritone Adrian N. Smith, a rising young opera star, will return to his alma mater for this featured performance. Also an alumnus of LR, pianist Gregory Knight will accompany Smith.

Tesla String Quartet - February 22, 2019

Tesla String Quartet, string quartet of violin, viola, and cello
Friday, February 22, 2019
7:30 pm
Grace Chapel

Audience favorites and top prize winners in international competitions, the quartet is coming back for an encore performance.

Michael Burritt - April 13, 2019

Michael Burritt, Marimba soloist
Saturday, April 13, 2019
7:30 pm
Grace Chapel

This concert is a special event, in coordination with the LR percussion faculty and as part of the North Carolina Day of Percussion. Michael Burritt is one of the world’s leading percussion soloists and has three solo recordings.

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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


Dom Flemons
LR Faculty All Stars
Unifour Brass Ensemble
Stefan Kiessling Organ Recital
Tesla Quartet and Friends
United States Navy Commodores
Lenoir Sax
Kontras Quartet
ALETHIA, Abbie Conant, and William Osborn


John Cheek

Professor of Music
Hickory Campus