The 2018-2019 season of Music on the Corner has been announced – five concerts between October and May, including guest conductor and composer Dan Locklair for our annual All Saints’ concert on November 2. We’ll precede that concert with an informal talk and Q&A with Locklair, and the Saturday rehearsal on October 27 will be an open rehearsal, a great opportunity for composers, conductors, music teachers and students to experience this work. The season:
October 5: Blow It Out Your Sax: Brandon Mock and Nathan Grim
We’ll hear the voice of the saxophone from two virtuosic players for our opening concert. Nathan Grim has been a member of the Virginia Army National Guard’s 29th Division Band since 2009 and plays in a rich range of styles, and is also an accomplished vocalist, guitarist and violinist. Brandon Mock has taught music in Roanoke County Schools and at Sweet Briar College and currently serves as director of music and organist at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church in Roanoke.
November 2: Requiem and Gloria: The Music of Dan Locklair
In this year’s All Saints Memorial Concert, we welcome composer Dan Locklair, who will conduct two of his own works, sung by St. John’s choir and guests – his 2015 Requiem and 2009 Gloria. Dr. Locklair’s music has been performed all over the world, with premieres by ensembles including the BBC Singers, the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, D.C. and the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys in New York City. He is currently artist in residence and professor at Wake Forest University.
Our soloists: soprano Sarah Wiley Newcomb, contralto Kari DeBlasio Grim, bass Chase Peak and tenor Andrew Miller. String, brass and percussion instrumentalists will be joined by St. John’s minister of music David Charles Campbell at the organ.
We will host a talk and Q&A with Dr. Locklair prior to the performance, and an open rehearsal with choir and instrumentalists on Saturday, October 27. Note: There will be no reception prior to the concert.
March 1: Passion and Pilgrimage: Soprano Marlayna Maynard and pianist Cara Ellen Modisett
An evening of art song and opera aria, including the music of Barber, Strauss and Haydn. Dr. Maynard is director of vocal studies at Radford University; she has soloed with ensembles including the Memphis and Huntington symphonies and as a recitalist across the country. Ms. Modisett is music director of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal, communications director at St. John’s and serves as collaborative staff pianist at Radford University.
April 5: The Garth Newel Piano Quartet
We welcome back the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, which has performed throughout the U.S. and on five continents at venues including Carnegie Hall and Strathmore Hall. They regularly commission and premiere new music and serve as faculty and directors for the Emerging Artist Fellowship Program.
May 10: L’ange et la Trompette/The Angel and the Trumpet
Organist and St. John’s minister of music David Charles Campbell closes the season with music for organ and voices of St. John’s choristers and friends, joined by soprano Sarah Wiley Newcomb, contralto Kari DeBlasio Grim, mezzo soprano Michelle Burnett, coloratura soprano Katie Kelly, tenor Shawn Puller, baritone Steven Andrew Miller and bass Chase Peak. Repertoire will include arias, organ solos and a grand choral finale. Weather permitting, the 5:15 reception will be in the garden.
Curious about the image on the front of this season’s brochure? Read more about it here.
Find out about the history of Music on the Corner here.