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Methodist University plans recitals, workshops in visiting artist series

Trombonist, violinist, drummer, vocalist complete lineup

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A trombonist, a violinist, a vocalist and a drummer will perform as part of Methodist University’s Friends of Music Guest Artist Series, according to a news release,

Each year, the series sponsors live classical and contemporary music demonstrations and recitals for as many as 500 youths and adults, the university’s release said.

“These amazing musical enrichment opportunities are open to everyone in the Cumberland County area free of charge,” said Susan Durham-Lozaw, chairwoman of the university’s performing arts department.u

Each visit will include an 11 a.m. master class in Hensdale Chapel on the Methodist campus; a private workshop at Capital Encore Academy; and a 7:30 p.m. recital in Matthews Chapel on campus.

For the first time in the series, one artist also will lead a drum workshop at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the release said.

The schedule for the series is:

  • Sept. 16: Thomas Burge, a trombonist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, is originally from Australia. He earned his master’s degree at Julliard School and now lives in North Carolina. He has taught brass instruments at the college level and performed with orchestras internationally. He also has been a guest clinician and soloist across the country. Burge hosts a radio show and conducts brass ensembles, the release said.
  • Oct. 14: Violinist Megan Kenny is a member of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. A military spouse, she is originally from Montana. Kenny has a master of music degree in violin performance from Yale School of Music. She currently teaches at UNC-Pembroke, Campbell University, and Red Lodge Music Festival, the release said.
  • Feb. 10: Yolanda Rabun is a North Carolina-based singer who performs and records across genres, including jazz, soul, R&B, gospel, folk, and contemporary music. Rabun also performs throughout the region in musical theater, opera and radio programs, the release said.
  • March 24: Liz Broscoe is a drummer and a facilitator who specializes in West African djembe and dunun drums. A resident of Lake Tahoe, California, she performs a theatrical solo drumming show, with her drum group, and as a member of a funk, jazz and blues band. With the support of local and national grants, she is currently a teaching artist in several schools and facilitator of social development drumming in juvenile treatment centers.

For more information about the guest artists, visit here.

Methodist University received a grant of $3,000 from the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County to support the artists series, the release said.

Fayetteville, Methodist University, music, Yolanda Rabun