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R-MWC professor, guest artists offer free concert

2/20/2003 10:52:33 PM


LYNCHBURG, Va. — Emily Yap Chua, R-MWC assistant professor of music, will be performing with guest artists Rebecca Dorcy and Kathleen Balfe on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 PM in Smith Hall Theatre in the Smith Memorial Building on the campus of Randolph-Macon Woman's College. The program will include Brahms' Sonata in D minor, Op. 108 for piano and violin, Bach's Invention No. 6 for violin and cello, Astor Piazzolla's Le Grand Tango for violoncello and piano, and Felix Mendelssohn's Trio in C minor, Op. 66, featuring all the artists. The concert is free and open to the public.

Chua has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Past collaborations have included performances with Randolph Bowman, principal flute of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Bradley Garner, flute, faculty member at The Julliard School; Richard Hawley, principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; and Sherwin Thia, violin with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Chua was the primary pianist for chamber music at the Opera Theatre of Lucca in 2002, and currently is a substitute with the New World Symphony. She earned her bachelor's degree at Florida State University and her master's degree and doctorate at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.

Guest violinist Dorcy is the youngest member of the Nashville Symphony and a member of the Point Counter Camber Players, performing with them in Central Vermont. She has been a featured soloist with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the Starling Chamber Orchestra, and the Seattle Philharmonic. She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.

Balfe, guest cellist, has earned such honors as first prize winner of the Edgard Feder Young Artist award, winner of a Fulbright grant in 2000, and a prize winner in the 2000 American String Teacher's Association National Competition and the International Cassado Cello Competition. She has appeared as a soloist with the New World Symphony, where she performed as a chamber musician representing the symphony in Atlanta, Boston, New York, Costa Rica, Prague, Rome, and Monaco. She is currently finishing her position as acting assistant principal cellist of the Charlotte Symphony. She earned her bachelor's degree at the New England Conservatory, and has studied with Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory.

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