Lee University’s School of Music will present the first installment of this year’s Performing Arts Series, the Faculty Gala. Featuring Lee’s vocal and instrumental faculty, the concert will take place on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Pangle Hall.
“The School of Music and Lee University have been blessed with faculty with exceptional musical talent,” said Dr. William Green, dean of the School of Music. “It is our privilege to share this with our community in this year’s Performing Arts Series Faculty Gala. I can think of no better way to start the series this year than with these fabulous performers.”
The evening will highlight a variety of music and collaborations. Pieces such as Richard Strauss’s “The Presentation of the Rose” from the comedic opera “Der Rosenkavalier,” “In the Midst of Darkness” by Lee’s Andy Harnsberger, Hoagy Carmichael’s “The Nearness of You,” and Moritz Rosenthal’s “Carnival de Vienne” will be performed.
Vocal performances will be presented by School of Music voice professors Chery Brendel, soprano; Ron Brendel, tenor; Lenena Brezna, soprano; Andrea Dismukes, mezzo-soprano; James Frost, tenor; and Nathaniel Olsen, baritone.
Instrumental performances will feature Andy Harnsberger, marimba; Tom Hurst, drums; Caitlin Jones, marimba; Jonathan Jung, piano; ChoEun Lee, piano; Shawn Perkinson, guitar; Brian Reichenbach, trumpet; David Slack, bass; Doug Warner, trombone; Vanessa Wei, piano; Mary Beth Wickes, piano; and Alan Wyatt, saxophone.
School of Music faculty hold advanced degrees from renowned universities around the world, include principals who have performed in numerous orchestras and symphonies, and soloists who have performed with various ensembles and in prestigious halls across the United States and internationally.
The PAS Faculty Gala is free and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved now on Eventbrite, at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/lee-university-school-of-music-34241058259. Starting Thursday, tickets can also be reserved in the Dixon Center’s box office by calling 614-8343.
Lee University remains dedicated to the health and safety of both the campus community and guests. COVID-19 protocols will be observed based on CDC recommendations at the time of the performance. Currently, masks are required when indoors on Lee’s campus.
For those unable to attend in person, livestream viewing will be available at livestream.com/leeu.
For more information about the Performing Arts Series, contact the Lee University School of Music at 614-8240.