On Saturday, March 9th the Wytheville Concert Series continues with an exciting program featuring pianist Judith Clark with Bryan, Kevin and Elizabeth Matheson. Over the centuries, the greatest violinists wrote or arranged music to show off their talents and dazzle the audience. Jascha Heifetz adapted Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous “Flight of the Bumble Bee” and the Mexican serenade “Estrellita” for violin; Fritz Kreisler arranged deFalla’s “Spanish Dance”; and Pablo de Sarasate wrote “Zigeunerweisen” or “Gypsy Airs. The twentieth-century violist William Primrose transcribed Weber’s “Andante & Hungarian Rondo” and “Jamaican Rumba” by Arthur Benjamin to help increase the virtuoso viola repertoire. Other works on the program are Robert Schumann’s romantic “Fairy-Tale Pictures” for viola and piano, and Bela Bartok’s ever-popular “Romanian Folk Dances” for violin and piano. Judith Clark will perform Franz Liszt’s Grand Etude “La Campanella” based on Paganini’s famous violin piece.
A special feature is local music student Aidan Deighan, from Pearisburg, who will perform Franz Hoffmeister’s Viola Concerto in D Major. He is talented on violin, viola, piano, and voice, and the past two summers has studied composition at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has composed music for the Roanoke Ballet Theater and recently participated in Washington and Lee University’s “Music Honors Weekend.”
Pianist Judith Clark received an undergraduate degree in music from Mary Washington College and a master's degree in piano performance from Northwestern University where she was awarded a graduate fellowship in accompanying. She has taught music in both public and private schools and has served on the faculties of Roanoke College, Hollins University, Mary Baldwin College, and Washington and Lee University. As an accompanist, she has collaborated with such artists as Marilyn Dubow, William Dupré, Ralph Evans, Jonathan Mack, Nicholas Loren, Steven White, and Elizabeth Futral. Following her performance at the Rossborough Festival at the University of Maryland, The Washington Post called her “a most impressive accompanist.” As an arts administrator, she managed the performing arts facility and community arts program at Roanoke College from 1978-1988 and served as founding Executive Director of Opera Roanoke. She was rehearsal accompanist for Opera Roanoke for more than a decade, serving under conductors Victoria Bond, Scott Williamson, Milton Granger, Steven Crawford, and Steven White. She has performed twice in Japan, served as regional coordinator for Young Audiences of Virginia, and is currently organist at South Roanoke United Methodist Church, and freelance coach/accompanist.
The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9,at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 275 E. Main St. in Wytheville. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the musicians and the Wytheville Community College Food Bank.
Wytheville Concert Series performances are presented by Wytheville Community College, St. Paul United Methodist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, the WCC Educational Foundation, and MacDowell Music Club and are under the artistic direction of Kevin Matheson. For more information, please visit www.ClassicStringsDuo.com or call (540)577-4916.