February 20, 2020

The Wytheville Concert Music Series will feature the cello and piano duo “Anime and Grazia" performing music by Grieg and Sibelius on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 275 E. Main St. in Wytheville.

Dr. Anna Billias was trained as a concert pianist at the Prokofiev State Academy of Music in Ukraine, performed as featured soloist with the school’s symphony orchestra, and received her D.M.A. in piano performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. She currently teaches at Washington and Lee University and was the Director of Piano Studies and Collaborative Performance at Sweet Briar College. Dr. Billias has performed in England, France, Russia and Ukraine. In 2018 Dr. Billias collaborated with baritone Dr. Gregory Parker for a concert in Paris, France, and in 2019 she performed concerts in Crimea, Russia, with the renowned artist soprano Anna Bratus of Ukraine.

Julia Goudimova teaches cello at Washington and Lee, Southern Virginia, and Hollins Universities and is principal cellist of the University Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Goudimova has performed in Germany, France, Belarus, Moldova, South Korea, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. Since moving to the United States, Ms. Goudimova has been involved in symphony orchestras and chamber music performances in Virginia, as well as Washington, D. C., and West Virginia. She was born in Moscow and began studying piano at the age of five and cello at the age of seven. She studied in Tiraspol College of Music, Belarus Academy of Music and participated in the International Cello Competition in Minsk.

Admission is to the concert is free, but donations will be accepted to support the performers and the Wytheville Community College Food Bank.

Next on the concert series, the Rainier Trio will perform works by Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, and Massenet on Saturday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Snyder Auditorium on WCC’s Wytheville Campus.

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.



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