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Shepherd Salon Series to feature concert with award-winning pianist

By Staff | Dec 22, 2017

SHEPHERDSTOWN – The Shepherd University Department of Music Salon Series, sponsored by Jefferson Security Bank, continues on Jan. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center W.H. Shipley Recital Hall with a performance by Shepherd alumnus Jason Solounias. An award-winning pianist, Solounias will perform a program that will include Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras, Schumann’s Symphonic Studies, Debussy’s Image Book and Stravinsky and Agosti’s Firebird Suite.

Solounias has performed across the United States and Europe, including at the Kennedy Center, Southwark Cathedral, Millennium Stage, the Lincoln Theater, Steinway Society of Puerto Rico, Junior Soto Recital Hall, Arts Club of Washington, WETA, Church of Epiphany Concert Series and Lisner Auditorium. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra and the Pan American Symphony Orchestra.

Other Salon Series upcoming concerts are:

– Feb. 1 – Joseph Regan, tenor; Melanie Regan, mezzo soprano; and Joseph Satava, pianist, will perform Death of the Romantics: A Musical Walk through the Changing World of European Art in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries. The repertoire will include opera arias and art song selections that examine the ways in which the upheaval of the Gilded Age radically changed how artists thought about and expressed the meaning of life, death, love and spirituality during this tumultuous time in European history.

-March 1 – Argot String Quartet, a classical ensemble based in Frederick, Maryland, will perform Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 18 n. 4 in C minor, Dvorak’s American Quartet, Foote’s Nocturne and Scherzo for Flute and String Quartet and Piazzolla’s Four for Tango.

– March 22 – Atlantic Reed Consort, a quintet made up of oboe, clarinet, bassoon, bass clarinet and saxophone, will perform contemporary literature for the reed quintet, exploring 20th and 21st century composers like Philip Glass, Ned McGowan, Jessie Montgomery, John Elmquist and a new work by former Shepherd faculty member Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis.

Salon Series concerts are all free and open to the public. For more information about the concert series or other music department events, call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/music.