The Gordon State College Recital Series began in the spring of 2001, and was expanded in the fall of 2001. Two or three free performances are given each semester. Quite often, the performers will meet with Gordon music majors before and/or after the performance to answer questions, sign autographs, or to present a master class. The series has featured many fine artists from the surrounding communities and surrounding states. In the spring of 2002, Lamar Arts joined Gordon State College in sponsoring these events. All recitals are held in the Gordon State College Fine Arts Auditorium.
- VEGA STRING QUARTET - September 16, 2014
- INDRA THOMAS , soprano- October 30, 2014
- DAVID COUCHERON, violin - January 20, 2015
- SHELLEY MONROE, bassoon – February 18, 2015
Manhattan Piano Trio (03.31.2008)
Hailed by critics as a "Grand Departure from the Usual," Manhattan Piano Trio is one of the most exciting, versatile, and active emerging chamber music groups in America. It is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2006 Plowman National Chamber Music Competition, the 2007 Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition and Runner Up at the 2006 Chesapeake International Competition. It is also recipient of the 2007 ABC Classic FM Listener's Choice Award at the Melbourne International Competition in Australia. Formed in 2004, Manhattan Piano Trio has given over 225 performances at many prestigious venues spanning 25 states in the United States.
Laura Ardan, Clarinet (02.25.2008)
Clarinetist Laura Ardan was the youngest principal clarinetist to join a major symphony orchestra when she became principal clarinet with the Atlanta Symphony in 1982. She has been featured soloist with the orchestra in works by Mozart, Weber, Debussy, Finzi, Copland, Shaw, and Rossini. A student of Roger Hiller and Stanley Drucker, she attended the Juilliard School on scholarships from both the Juilliard and the Naumberg Foundation. She has performed in major Festivals including Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart, and Marlboro.
Jason Hardy, Bass (10.16.2007)
Acclaimed on the opera, concert, and recital stage, bass Jason Hardy is emerging as one of today's most versatile artists. Opera credits include Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, Cosi fan Tutte, Salome, L'elisir d'amore, and Die Fledermaus. His concert appearances include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall in repertoire of Mozart's Requiem, Bach's Mass in B Minor, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's The Creation, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Mr. Hardy is also a founding member of the Southeastern Festival of Song at Emory University.
Dr. David F. Oliver, Organ (03.15.2007)
David F. Oliver, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, completed his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College, his Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and his DMA in Organ Performance from the University of South Carolina. In 1995, Dr. Oliver was appointed Organist/Artist in Resident at Morehouse College in Atlanta where he is now Assistant Professor of Music. He also served as organist for the King Memorial Church in Atlanta, and maintains a prestigious concert career.
Aquiles Delle Vigne, Piano (01.25.2007)
Born in Argentina, Aquiles Delle Vigne gave his first recital at the age of 8. At 17 he was already a disciple of Claudio Arrau and won the prestigious Grand Prix "Albert Williams", the most renowned competition in South America. This award opened the doors of the most important concert halls of the continent for him. Considered as a leading teacher in the world, Aquiles Delle Vigne gives frequent masterclasses internationally.
Richard Knepp, Guitar (10.19.2006)
Richard Knepp is quickly becoming one of the most recognized Classical guitarists to emerge from the southeast. He received his Bachelors degree in music performance from Georgia College & State University under the direction of Terry Cantwell, and completed his graduate studies at Georgia State University under the direction of acclaimed guitar instructor John Sutherland. He was selected to study with Christopher Parkening at his annual masterclass held at Montana State University.
Vega String Quartet (09.19.2006)
Three members of the Vega Quartet return for a third time to our stage to present the music of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. The famed Quartet is currently in residence at Emory University where they perform extensively on campus and around the greater Atlanta area. True to its name, the Vega String Quartet is a bright star among the new generation of chamber music ensembles. Their pristine style, silken sound and driving excitement have attracted international attention for over a decade.
Oni Buchanan, Piano (03.16.2006)
Pianist Oni Buchanan received her Master's degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and her Bachelor's degree in music from the University of Virginia. Ms. Buchanan has performed recent solo recitals in the Harvard University Hall Concert Series, and the Paderewski Piano Series (Boston).
Cecylia Arzewski, Violin and William Ransom, Piano (01.24.2006)
Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1990, Cecylia Arzewski previously was a member of the Boston Symphony for 17 years, rising to the position of Assistant Concertmaster, and then joined the Cleveland Orchestra as Associate Concertmaster for three years before coming to Atlanta. She is joined by William Ransom, pianist, a familiar face to those who regularly attend our Series. William Ransom is a graduate of the Juilliard School and teaches at Emory University.
Patricia Caicedo, Soprano (11.01.2005)
Colombian Soprano Patricia Caicedo is a leading international concert and recording artist whose repertory focuses on the Latin American and Spanish Art Song. Her distinguished career has included concerts with the Tolima Symphony Orchestra, National Public Radio and numerous concerts in Colombia and throughout Europe.
Dr. Joe Chapman, Piano (09.22.2005)
"An Evening with Chopin"
Dr. Joe Chapman has presented numerous solo piano recitals in Georgia and throughout the southeast including solo recitals for public radio and television. He has toured the United States and eight foreign countries as conductor, accompanist and soloist.
Jessica Warren, Flute assisted by Seth Davis, Piano (11.05.2004)
Assisted by Seth Davis, Piano
Jessica Warren is an avid soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral flutist who embodies what the South Florida Sun-Sentinel calls "superior flute playing". She gave her New York Recital debut in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in January of 1998. She has concertized on three continents and appeared as a soloist and teacher at numerous international festivals such as Academie du Nice Summer Festival Recital Series in Nice, France, Temporada Flautística in Lima, Perú, Festival en la Mitad del Mundo in Quito, Ecuador, and the National Flute Association Conventions in Chicago, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia where she performed in the Gala Concert with William Bennett. She has toured Latin America as an artistic ambassador to the United States Embassy soloing with orchestras and giving recitals to rave reviews and has also appeared on several radio broadcasts including Karl Haas' syndicated program Adventures in Good Music.
Ms. Warren was a member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas from 2001 to 2004 where she worked with many illustrious conductors and soloists such as Paavo Jarvi, Lukas Foss, Paula Robison, Thomas Hampson, Garrick Ohlssohn, Lynn Harrell, and numerous others. She has also been affiliated with the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the City Symphony of Chicago.
Ms. Warren began studying the flute at the age of ten. She is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at the Manhattan School of Music and holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and Purchase College and Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Carol Wincenc, Linda Chesis, Jean Weger Larson and Mathieu Dufour. In addition, she has participated in masterclasses with Emmanuel Pahud and Raymond Guiot in Quebec, Canada, Peter-Lukas Graf and Rien de Reeder in Amsterdam, William Bennett in London, and with Maxence Larrieu, Marzio Conti and Phillippe Bernold in Nice, France.
She has been named a winner in the Artists International Competition, the International Music Competition "Citta di Padova" 2004, the New York Flute Club Competition, the Chicago Flute Club Competition, the Purchase Symphony Concerto Competition, the Meadows Symphony Concerto Competition, the Overland Park Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Kansas City Flute Association Young Artists Competition.
The Griffin Ballet Theatre (10.08.2004)
The Griffin Ballet Theatre, a non-profit organization under the direction of Mitchell Flanders, is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the community by developing a deeper appreciation and understanding of ballet as a performing art. It provides an opportunity for young, talented students to work in an atmosphere that gives a sense of reality about professional dancing while experiencing the pride and accomplishment of participating in the performance of classical ballet.
Teresa Violett McCoy, Soprano (10.14.2003)
Teresa Violett McCoy holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Florida State University. Mrs. McCoy has performed frequently throughout the southeast, including appearances with the Atlanta Opera and the Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, South Carolina and in Spoleto, Italy. Her lyric soprano voice lends itself to a variety of styles of music, including classical, musical theatre and contemporary Christian. In the 1980's, she appeared in many musical theatre productions with both community and professional troupes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her musical theatre roles have included "Marian Paroo" in The Music Man, "Queen Agravain" in Once Upon a Mattress, "Ann" in The 1940's Radio Hour, and others. In recent years, she has been a featured soloist at Music Week at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, which is a retreat and conference for church musicians sponsored by the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts.
The Peachtree Brass (09.25.2003)
Mike Barry and Tom Wallace, Trumpets
Shelley Miller, French horn
Richard Brady, Trombone
Don Strand, Tuba
Peachtree Brass was founded in 1976. Members of Peachtree Brass have performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera Orchestra, the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and the Columbus, Macon, Greenville and Savannah Symphony Orchestras. They regularly participate in Chastain Park and Fox Theater productions as well as recording sessions, industry and trade shows, religious ceremonies, and private parties, banquets, and celebrations. Members of the ensemble also teach in local colleges and universities in the Atlanta metro area. Since 1982, the Peachtree Brass has been delighting students of all ages with their educational, informative, and always entertaining in-school presentations. Using musical selections from the classics to jazz and pop, the group teaches students about music, math, science, history, and much more.
Assisted by José Meléndez, Piano
Maya Frieman Hoover holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance with a minor in Italian Language and Literature from Binghamton University. She has appeared as a soloist with various choirs and has given multiple recitals in Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Indiana.
On the operatic stage, she has performed the title role in Xerxes with the Westminster Opera Theater and the role of Bradamante in Alcina with the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Last summer she sang the title role in Madama Butterfly with the Indiana University Opera Theater.
She is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at Clayton College and State University in Morrow, Georgia.
She is joined by José Meléndez, piano. Mr. Meléndez earned his Master of Music degree in piano accompanying and coaching at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J., under the instruction of Dr. J.J. Penna and Dalton Baldwin. He is currently continuing his solo performance study under the tutelage of José Ramos-Santana.
Soheil Zolfenoon, Sitar and Vocals (03.04.2003)
With Masoud Nourizadeh, Tombak
Soheil was born in 1972 in Tehran, Iran to an artistic family. He learned to play the setar from his father, Jalal Zolfonoun, who is also a composer and master of Persian classical music. Later Soheil joined the School of Music of Tehran and studied great masters of Persian music, including Ostad Davami and Afsharnia.
Soheil travels extensively throughout the world and has performed in Europe, the United States, Russia, Australia, and Iran.
He is joined by Gordon's own Masoud Nourizadeh, Associate Professor of Art. Masoud studied Persian music with Ostad Manochehr Molaee. Later he became a member of the Art and Literature Institute and performed with the Shiraz Symphony.
Vega String Quartet (10.14.2002)
True to its name, the Vega String Quartet is a bright star among the new generation of chamber music ensembles. Their pristine style, silken sound and driving excitement have attracted international attention for over a decade. In 1991, they made an early entrance to the performance circuit, capturing the Young Artists Prize at the 40th International Munich Competition. Since then, the group's performances have charmed and delighted audiences throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. The Vega made its Lincoln Center debut in August 2001 and its Los Angeles debut will be presented by the Da Camera Society in May 2002. Other recent engagements include performances in Paris, New York, Baltimore, Atlanta, Wilmington, and Miami. They have appeared at such music festivals as Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Highlands-Cashiers, Musicorda, Kingston, and SummerFest La Jolla. The quartet's live broadcast credits include NPR's Performance Today (USA), the National Radio of China, Shanghai TV, Radio France, France Musiques, and the National Radio of the Czech Republic.
The Vega Quartet captured four of the top six prizes at the 1999 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition (including the international music critics' prize), culminating an award-winning year (1998) in which they were awarded first prizes at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, the Carmel Chamber Music Competition, and the National Society of Arts and Letters String Quartet Competition. The Vega String Quartet studied with the players of the most esteemed quartets of the preceding generation, including the Amadeus, American, Cleveland, Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion, and Tokyo string quartets.
Elena Martín & José Melitón, pianists (09.29.2002)
Pianists Elena Martin and José Melitón hold the distinctive Titulo Superior de Piano from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música of Madrid, the highest performance degree obtainable in Spain, as well as master's degrees in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Their championing of Spanish duo-piano repertoire has especially met enthusiastic response. These young pianists play this music with such Spanish flair that anyone hearing it would realize that they know its style intimately. Their performance has been described as being "in perfect synchronization and with hypnotic poetry, sharply chiseled refinement, fierce commitment, and palpable charisma."
With the University of Georgia Bassoon Ensemble
William Davis has been a faculty member in the University of Georgia School of Music since 1981. He earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the University of Kansas, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music. His bassoon teachers have been Austin Ledwith and David Van Hoesen, and he studied composition with John Pozdro, Samuel Adler, and Warren Benson.
Providing organ accompaniment is his wife, Jolene, who also teaches at UGA in the Music Theory division.
Also featured on the program is the UGA Bassoon Ensemble, a very active performance ensemble from the UGA School of Music.
Piotr Folkert, Piano with John Lemley (02.20.2002)
Piotr Folkert is widely regarded as one of the most gifted and sensitive pianists performing today. His "stellar technique and insightful interpretations" have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his orchestral engagements or his growing catalogue of recordings. His performing schedule regularly takes him to the great concert stages of North America and has been highlighted by frequent engagements at the Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has appeared in cultural capitols of Europe and Far East.
Folkert is joined by John Lemley, the host of radio shows "Daytime" and "Tapestry" on Atlanta's classical music station, WABE-FM 90.1.
Catherine Rogers, Harp & Diana Pusey, Flute (11.08.2001)
Catherine Rogers, a graduate of the Gordon State College Music Program, has performed for such personalities as Bill Cosby and George Bush. She performed as part of the 1996 Olympic festivities and has played in concert with saxophonist Boots Randolph. Currently she plays with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra and the DeKalb Theater Guild. She was assisted by flautist Diana Pusey.
Laura Ardan, Clarinet & William Ransom, Piano (10.09.2001)
Laura Ardan is the principal clarinetist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She studied at the Julliard school and has taught at the Lincoln Center Institute and performed with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. William Ransom also studied at Julliard and has performed extensively alone, and with his wife Keiko, in the US and in many foreign countries.
Camilo Acosta, Violin & Michelle Tabor, Piano (09.10.2001)
Camilo Acosta plays violin in the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, the principal orchestra of Venezuela. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music at Manchester University (UK) and the Simon Bolivar Conservatory, the national conservatory of Venezuela. He is accompanied by Michelle Tabor who grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, and holds degrees from Tulane University, the University of Denver, and Florida State University.