Lee University Performing Arts Series To Welcome Dash And Bowden

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Trumpeters Mary Bowden and David Dash will open the Lee University Performing Arts Series on Wednesday
Trumpeters Mary Bowden and David Dash will open the Lee University Performing Arts Series on Wednesday

Trumpeters Mary Bowden and David Dash will open the Lee University Performing Arts Series on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall. 

The program will include Mozart’s “Queen of the Night,” Gershwin’s “Three Preludes,” Benjamin Britten’s “Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury,” and Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Trumpets,” among others. The evening’s performances will also feature Lee faculty ChoEun Lee, piano, in her debut Lee performance; Cahill Smith, piano; and Nathan Warner, trumpet. 

Review for Mary Bowden and David Dash:

Classical Trumpeter and Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner Mary Elizabeth Bowden has been described by Gramophone Magazine as “brilliant” and “radiant in new repertoire for trumpet.” A Yamaha Performing Artist, Ms. Bowden is highly regarded for her artistry and virtuosity as a soloist and has been praised for the clarity, purity and power of her sound. She has been featured on MPR’s “New Classical Tracks” with Julie Amacher, which is being aired on NPR stations nationwide. 

Ms. Bowden is the First Prize winner of the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Army Wind Band, Festival Amadeus Strings (Montana), Springfield Symphony (Missouri), Naples Symphony, Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, and New Haven Chamber Orchestra, among others. She frequently performs in recital both in solo programs and in a duo with her husband, trumpeter David Dash. 

Mr. Dash, assistant principal trumpet for the Naples Philharmonic, was a member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band prior to his appointment with Naples. He has performed frequently with the Baltimore Symphony and has also performed with the San Francisco and Atlanta Symphonies. Mr. Dash was a Moy Fellow at the Attergau Orchestra Institute in Austria and a fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. 

While studying at the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Dash freelanced extensively in New York and New Jersey. He has recorded for Koch International, Albany Records, and with "The President's Own." Mr. Dash is a graduate of Rice University and the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include Armando Ghitalla and Robert Sullivan. 

ChoEun Lee joins the university’s music faculty this semester as an assistant professor of collaborative piano/vocal coaching. She most recently served as collaborative pianist/vocal and instrumental coach/opera music director at California State University for the past four years.  

Cahill Smith, assistant professor of piano, has given recitals at venues in the United States and abroad, including three programs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the PolyTheater in Chongqing, China, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall in Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Royal Dublin Society’s Concert Hall, and Kodak Hall. 

Nathan Warner, assistant professor of trumpet, has performed with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony, Lady Antebellum, Doc Severinsen, Peter Cetera, Clay Aiken, The Temptations, Olivia Newton-John, and The Glenn Miller Orchestra, among others. He performs regularly as a classical, orchestral, commercial, big band and jazz artist in New York City, where he lived for 15 years. 

Ms. Bowden and Ms. Dash will offer a masterclass on Monday at 6 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall, in Lee’s Humanities Center on Parker Street. 

Wednesday’s performance is open to the public and free of charge, but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets are available in the Dixon Center Box Office from 3-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, or by calling 614-8343. 

For more information about the Performing Arts Series or the masterclass, contact the Lee University School of Music at music@leeuniversity.edu or 614-8240.

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