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R-MWC professor joins wind quintet for free concert

Albemarle Ensemble to perform in Smith Hall

10/27/2003 2:04:18 PM


LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Albemarle Ensemble, a faculty wind quintet from the University of Virginia, will be joined by R-MWC assistant professor of music Emily Yap Chua on piano when they perform in concert on November 2nd at 7:00PM in the Smith Hall Theatre on the campus of Randolph-Macon Woman's College. The concert, which will include the works of Poulenc, Bozza, and Reinecke, is free and open to the public.

The Albemarle Ensemble has been in residence at the University of Virginia since 1987. The group has performed throughout the eastern United States. They received a Virginia Arts Grant for educational programs and several other grants for their recording and touring projects. The ensemble appears on the CD American Camerata Performs and Harlequinade, Wind Music by Walter Ross. High Performance Review magazine described their playing on their most recent recording as "splendid...with spirit and understanding" and the Washington Post spoke of the ensemble's "ease, wit and spontaneity."

The five members of the ensemble -- Tabatha Easley on flute, oboist Scott Perry, Nancy Garlick on clarinet, Elizabeth Roberts on bassoon, and Dwight Purvis on horn -- serve as orchestra principals, studio instructors, and coaches of chamber music at the University of Virginia.

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 Juilliard 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.

For more information on the concert, e-mail Emily Yap Chua or call her at 434-947-8530.

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