JCJC’s Music Department hosts Spring Recital Series

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2014-03-07 08:01:44

ELLISVILLE – A musical feast is being offered on Friday’s at Jones County Junior College. The annual Spring Recital Series features a variety of musicians and vocalists entertaining the audience during the lunch hour. This musical event begins on Friday, March 28, at 12:30 p.m. until 12:55 p.m. in the Foote Chapel and will continue on each Friday through April 25, except for Easter weekend.   All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information call the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094 or look online at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/finearts.
Friday, March 28, at 12:30 p.m. in JCJC’s Foote Chapel enjoy an afternoon of German, French and Spanish songs performed by soprano Gena Everitt and pianist Colman Pearce.
The Bergsma Trio performs on Friday, April 4, at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel, “The Voice of Coelacanth” along with trios by Duvernoy and Brahms. The group includes Heidi Lucas on horn, Stephen Redfield on violin and David Evenson on piano. 
Jason Mathena will present a marimba recital featuring contemporary French and American works in addition to some Bach and jazz on Friday, April 11, at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel.
Following Easter, The Ciraldo Duo will take center stage on Friday, April 25, at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel. Flutist, Rachel Taratoot Ciraldo and guitarist, Nicholas Ciraldo will perform dance music from Hungary, Servia and Argentina. Composers include Bartok, Bogdanovic and Piazzolla. 


Gena Everitt has been an adjunct Voice instructor at Belhaven University since 2003. Previously, she taught at Jones County Junior College, Hinds Community College and has maintained an active private studio in Jackson, Miss., for 35 years. She has performed with the Mississippi Symphony and the Mississippi Opera. Everitt has performed extensively as a recitalist. The art song recital is a medium she especially enjoys, because of its intimacy. She has also been an oratorio soloist throughout the state and in Jackson, Miss., at First Presbyterian Church as soprano soloist for 25 years. She received both a B.M. and M.M. in Voice performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Her teachers were Richard Alderson, Patricia O'Neill, Thomas Holt, and Vera Rozsa.
Colman Pearce bio:
Dublin-born Colman Pearce is a conductor, pianist and composer. He received a B.Mus. (Hons) from University College Dublin, and later studied conducting with Franco Ferrara (Hilversum) and Hans Swarowski (Vienna).
He was Co-Principal Conductor of the RTE Symphony Orchestra from 1978-1980, and Principal Conductor from 1981-1983. In the years 1984-1987, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, and from 1987-1999, was Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. He was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in the State of Mississippi and was also made a Freeman of the City of New Orleans.  s conductor, Colman Pearce’s repertoire embraces not only the main symphonic works, but also opera and oratorio. He has directed first performances of many contemporary Irish works, and, with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland has recorded CDs of music by Stanford, Victory, Boydell, Buckley, Corcoran, Deane, Bodley and Wilson, on the Naxos/Marco Polo label.

The Bergsma Trio was founded in the spring of 2013 and recorded “The Voice of the Coelancath: Rhapsodic Variations for Violin, Horn, and Piano,” in October of 2013, as part of the album, The Voice of the Coelacanth: Music of William Bergsma, for the Centaur label. The album’s release date is expected in spring of 2014.
The Bergsma Trio, a recently organized ensemble focused on the music of American composer William Bergsma. David Evenson, pianist and former head of the Southeastern Louisiana Department of Fine and Performing Arts, is a member of the Bergsma Trio. Now retired from the Southeastern faculty, the Hammond resident is joined in the group by two University of Southern Mississippi musicians: Heidi Lucas, associate professor of horn, and violinist and associate professor Stephen Redfield, who also serves as concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica.

Dr. Jason Mathena is currently in his second year as Instructor of Music and Assistant Band Director at Southwest Mississippi Community College where his ensemble duties include assisting with the marching, concert, and stage bands, directing the percussion ensemble, steel drum band, and jazz combo. He also teaches Music Theory III and IV, Aural Skills III and IV, and Music History as well as maintaining the applied percussion studio. Mathena also arranges for all instrumental ensembles and examples of his work can be found in the 2013 marching band show as well as the majority of the charts for the steel drum band and stage band.
Before becoming an instructor at SMCC, he maintained a private percussion studio in Jackson, Mississippi and the surrounding area and coordinated the percussion programs for three high schools: Ridgeland High School, Jackson Academy, and St. Andrews Episcopal School. He also has a number of years teaching primary and secondary music in Texas, Georgia, and Alabama. In addition to his teaching duties, Mathena maintains a rigorous performance schedule as a member of the Mississippi Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Meridian Symphony. With the Lafayette, Louisiana-based Acadiana Symphony, he served as Principal Timpanist as well as section percussionist. From the vibraphone, Mathena leads two jazz combos, The Vibe Doctor’s Jazz Project and The Jason Mathena Trio, both of which perform regularly in the metro Jackson area. He has many years of experience on drum set in many different professional settings, such as rock bands, jazz bands, and musicals, and currently freelances in that capacity in central and south Mississippi.
The Ciraldo Duo has been performing together for over fifteen years and enjoys consistent recognition for their inventive programming and skillful, expressive performances. Praised as “an exceptionally musical and accomplished guitarist,” Nicholas Ciraldo is a leader among his generation of American classical guitarists. Rachel Taratoot Ciraldo, principal flutist of the Baton Rouge Symphony, has won awards in several international flute competitions and enjoys a successful solo career. The Ciraldo Duo merges a pair of unique musical talents to form a distinctive and colorful ensemble. They have been praised for their original and innovative programming, including new works written for them, transcriptions, and established works for flute and guitar. The duo also pursues engagements that help improve music education in America through partnerships, including collaborations with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Classical Guitar Society. Nicholas and Rachel reside in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where Nicholas is Assistant Professor of Guitar at the University of Southern Mississippi and Rachel is the Office Manager and Development Coordinator of the Hattiesburg Concert Association. 


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