Diane Phoenix-Neal, viola

Gabriel Dobner, piano

Sun, Feb 11 @ 2 pm

RECITAL HALL

Diane Phoenix-Neal, viola

Gabriel Dobner, piano

Sun, Feb 11 @ 2 pm

RECITAL HALL


Violist Diane Phoenix-Neal will perform with fellow faculty members Gabriel Dobner (piano), Chris Carrillo (trumpet) and Sam Suggs (bass), as well as EMU faculty violinist Joan Griffing. This concert will honor the tradition of American spirituals and features music by Robert Schumann, Adolphus Hailstork, Richard Clark and Gwyneth Walker.    

Violist Diane Phoenix-Neal performs nationally and internationally as a collaborative chamber musician and soloist, most recently in France, Poland and Brazil. Her sound is described as “rich and sumptuous” (Classical Voice of North Carolina) with “an admirable combination of precision and fire” (The New York Times). Phoenix-Neal is principal violist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra, and received her training from The Juilliard School, the UNC School of the Arts, and UNC Greensboro.

Gabriel Dobner has appeared with some of Europe’s leading singers in the major concert venues of Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Zürich, Vienna, Tokyo and Nagoya. He has recorded for both the Ottavo and MDG labels, winning high praise from BBC Music Magazine, Fono Forum and the West German Radio in Cologne, who referred to him as a “master among Lieder pianists.” He has also done numerous radio recordings in the United States, Germany and Japan.


HIGHLIGHTS


  • Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour presents Me...Jane, a musical based on the true story of chimpanzee expert Dr. Jane Goodall



  • Kyle Abraham's company, A.I.M, brings its "lush movement, infectious music and magnetic dancers" to the Forbes Center for the first time!



  • Jeremy Denk is "a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs" (The New York Times).



  • Staunton dance devotee Pamela McCray wins 2018 Circle of Excellence Award


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