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Baroque Consort presents ‘A Musical Offering’

Wednesday, November 19, 2008JOHNSON CITY – The East Tennessee Baroque Consort will present “A Musical Offering” by Johann Sebastian Bach this Sunday (Nov. 23) at 3 p.m. in East Tennessee State University’s Mathes Hall.

Bach composed his “Musical Offering” as a gift to Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, after a visit to the court in Potsdam. The ensemble will perform the famous “Trio Sonata” from this work, as well as other masterpieces of the period.

The East Tennessee Baroque Consort, which presented its inaugural concert in March, is committed to bringing historically informed performances to the region’s concert halls and to community and public school outreach programs. Characterized by versatility and variety, the ensemble enjoys the diversity that its instrumentation allows.

Members are Rebecca Lile Paluzzi, ETSU Department of Music faculty member, on modern and transitional flute; noted Suzuki violin instructor Catherine McGlasson on violin, viola and harpsichord; and Cherylonda Fitzgerald on cello and viola da gamba.

All are members of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, and are either members or guest performers with the Paramount Chamber Players in Bristol. Paluzzi is director of the annual East Tennessee Suzuki Flute Institute International at ETSU and has taught courses for Suzuki teachers and students in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea and New Zealand.

McGlasson, who has been active with several additional symphonies and chamber ensembles, is a former artistic director of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Suzuki Strings and is now on the faculty of Suzuki Talent Education of Appalachia. Fitzgerald, also a trained Suzuki teacher and Asheville (N.C.) Symphony Orchestra member, teaches cello at Milligan College and will join the ETSU faculty in January 2009.

Performing with the East Tennessee Baroque Consort are ETSU music faculty Dr. Sun-Joo Oh, soprano, a regular collaborator with the group, and Dr. Chih-Long Hu, piano.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, students with ID and children under 12.

For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Department of Music at (423) 439-4276.

  

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