ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Artist-in-Residence Jack Gibbons is again prepared to delight audiences with his Sunday Concert Series. Titled “Music with Stories, 2015-2016,” each monthly performance features a different classic composer.
All concerts will take place in Robbins Memorial Chapel, and are free and open to the public.
The series begins Sunday, October 11 at 1 p.m. – the only performance scheduled one hour earlier than the Sunday Concert Series standard show time. “Introduction to the Classics: 7 of the Most Famous Pieces of Music Ever Written” highlights the works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Gershwin.
“A Chopin Soirée” is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, November 8. The performance is a recreation of the rarefied and intimate atmosphere of the Parisian soirées in which Chopin performed in the 1830s and 1840s. Selections include etudes, waltzes, mazurkas, impromptus, “Barcarolle” and “Ballade No. 4.”
The series continues in 2016 with “Composers in Vienna” at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 10. The concert includes music written in the famous musical city by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms and Johann Strauss Jr.
“The Majesty of Bach” will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13. Gibbons will explore the life of Johann Sebastian Bach in anecdotes and music including the famous “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” and “Goldberg Variations.”
A theme of faith prevails with “Songs of Ecstasy and Devotion – the Religiously Inspired Music of Liszt and Alkan” at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10. The unique program includes examples of the deeply emotive music both composers wrote in response to their faith, including Liszt’s sublime “Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude” and legendary “St. Francis of Assisi Preaching to the Birds,” and Alkan’s “Song of Solomon” inspired Preludes.
The series concludes with “A Gershwin Party” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8. The concert features a recreation of the music heard at Gershwin’s legendary parties in New York in the 1920s and 1930s, with music by Gershwin and composers associated with him.
Hailed by the BBC as “THE Gershwin pianist of our time,” Gibbons has performed all-Gershwin concerts to packed halls at New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, where he was greeted with standing ovations, and sell-out concerts at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Gibbons was named artist-in-residence at Davis & Elkins in 2010. The College has presented him at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as venues in New York and Baltimore. He recently returned from his 28th annual Oxford Summer Piano Series in Oxford, England.
For additional information, call the Davis & Elkins College Box Office at 304-637-1255 or visit www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.