Music Dept. Hosts Wright Scholars Concert

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The University of West Georgia and the Department of Music will host its annual Wright Scholars Concert on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 8:15 p.m. in the Kathy Cashen Recital Hall in the Humanities Building. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

The concert will be presented in appreciation of the Wright Memorial endowment given to the Department of Music in 1976. The endowment has provided scholarships to students for more than 25 years and was created in memory of Elizabeth Gellerstedt Wright as a gift to the university from the late Dr. J. Carter Wright and his wife Betty Strickland Wright.

The annual Wright Scholars Concert showcases undergraduate and graduate student performers, all of whom are nominated by their instrumental or vocal instructors.

For this concert, the Wright Scholars studied under Dr. Larry Frazier, professor of music; Dr. Carol Gingerich, associate professor of music; Dr. Doug Overmier, associate professor of music; Stephen Fischer, instructor of saxophone; and Peter Mueller, instructor of trombone.

Performing at the annual Wright Scholars Concert will be pianists Yaeju Bin of South Korea, Harold Walbert of Lithia Springs and Brittany Scott of Atlanta; mezzo-sopranos Jessica Sheffield of McDonough and Nandani Persaud of Dalton; soprano Rose Blanchard of Austell; percussionists Justine Cecere of Woodstock and Armand Tyson of Brunswick; and bass saxophonist Chad Sims of Buchanan.

The students will perform works by several classical composers including Chopin, Debussy, Guilmant, Liszt, Mozart and Saint-Saëns. The students will also perform works by Keiko Abe, L. Viola Kinney, Ryo Noda and Paul Smadbeck.

For more information, call 678-839-6262.