JCJC’s music department hosts Spring Recital Series

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2016-03-16 21:40:58

ELLISVILLE –A feast of music from across the ages and around the world is being offered on Friday’s in April 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, April 1, at 12:30 p.m. until 12:55 p.m. in the Foote Chapel and will continue on each Friday through April. 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, April 1, at 12:30 p.m. in JCJC’s Foote Chapel the Series begins with “Peace, Love, and Joy!” presented by soprano Susan Ruggiero and pianist Elizabeth Moak.  This recital will feature a program of art songs by Schumann, Schubert, Reynaldo Hahn, Rossini and Ricky Ian Gordon.
“European Music of the Early 20th Century” will be the theme of the Friday, April 8, recitalat 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel.  Saxophonist Adam Estes and pianist Stacy Rodgers will demonstrate the diversity of the saxophone and piano duo. This program will feature lyrical qualities of each instrument in character pieces and spirited dance forms.
If you attend the Friday, April 15, recital at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel, the harpsichord will be the featured instrument for a program entitled, “Harpsichord Classics from the Early 18th Century.”  Harpsichordist John Paul recreates the age of the harpsichord virtuosi with music by the master composer/performers.
The Isosceles Trio will share entertaining and innovative music scored for this unusual ensemble at the final recital on, Friday, April 22, at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel. This group features Jacquelyn Adams on horn, Richard Perry on tuba and Lois Leventhal on piano.  

April 1, 2016 performers
Soprano Susan Ruggiero is an active performer and educator based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She is the recipient of several prestigious opera awards including: Shreveport Opera’s Singer of the Year Competition, Mozart Award in the National Orpheus Vocal Competition, and district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2007 and 2009). She has performed roles with New Orleans Opera, Natchez Opera, Mississippi Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera South, Wildwood Opera, Blue Lake Opera, and Opéra Louisiane. In addition to her performing activities, Ruggiero teaches voice and theory at the University of Southern Mississippi, flute and voice at William Carey University, and she is a performing faculty member at both the Festival Música nas Montanhas in Poços de Caldas, Brazil, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. Ruggiero holds a double master’s degree in voice and flute performance from the University of Michigan, and a DMA from Louisiana State University.
Noted for her “sensitivity” and “generous imagination” (La Suisse), pianist Elizabeth Moak has performed throughout the United States and internationally. Winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, Elizabeth Moak holds the Diplôme de Virtuosité from the Neuchâtel Conservatory (Switzerland). In addition to honors for her solo playing, Moak has also been recognized for her collaborative work by the Peabody Conservatory and the Music Academy of the West. Moak is currently on the faculty of Southern Miss and previously was selected for a Teaching Fellow at Peabody Conservatory, as well as for the “Outstanding Young Faculty” Award from Millsaps College. Her recording Art Fire Soul: Piano Music of Judith Lang Zaimont induced critics to note Moak’s “brio, assurance, and remarkable talent” (ResMusica, France) as well as her “musicianship and panache” (Classical Net). Recent concerts, both solo and collaborative, have taken Moak to Taiwan and China.
April 8, 2016 performers
Adam Estes is assistant professor of music at the University of Mississippi, where he teaches saxophone and bassoon, coaches woodwind chamber ensembles, and teaches woodwinds methods courses. Most recently, he was assistant professor at Minot State University. Formerly a band director in the public schools in Mason, Texas, Estes has also held posts as visiting professor of saxophone at Furman University and the University of South Carolina, as well as instructorships at Presbyterian College and the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities.
Estes has been the principal bassoonist with the Western Plains Opera Company and the Minot Symphony Orchestra, and has been a regular substitute bassoonist and saxophonist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and Augusta Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Assembly Quartet. He maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. His performing career has taken him to venues in Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Belgium.
He holds graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Tarleton State University. His primary teachers have been Clifford Leaman, Greg Ball, Peter Kolkay, Carol Lowe, and Douglas Graham.  Dr. Estes is a Yamaha Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Yamaha Saxophones.
Stacy Rodgers is professor of music at the University of Mississippi where he is head of keyboard studies and collaborative piano. He earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a master’s degree in piano pedagogy and literature at the University of Texas in Austin. Mr. Rodgers teaches piano performance, piano literature, private lesson and group piano pedagogy, accompanying, chamber music, and an occasional theory or history course. He performs frequently with his wife Diane Wang as a piano duo and four-hand team and with faculty colleagues from all performance areas. At the national level, Mr. Rodgers has performed with soprano Kallen Esperian, members of the New York Philharmonic, the University of Michigan wind faculty, violinist Scott St. John, and Rolf Smedvig, founder and lead trumpet of the Empire Brass Quintet, and many others. In a typical year, he performs more than twenty different full-length programs. His chamber repertoire alone includes almost five hundred works, from pieces for solo instrument and piano, to works for multiple pianos with or without orchestra, piano trios, quartets, quintets, and mixed ensembles.
April 15, 2016 performers
John Paul grew up in the coastal town of Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England.  In 1961 he won entrance to the Royal Academy of Music in London where his principle teachers were Alan Richardson, C. H. Trevor, Eric H. Thiman, and Thurston Dart.  Paul holds the Academy’s diplomas in Piano and Organ, an honors degree from the University of London, and a doctorate from the University of Colorado.
In 1965 he immigrated to Jackson, Mississippi to become the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral and has served as organist at Temple Beth Israel since 1973.  At St. Andrew’s he has been responsible for all service music and the Wednesday at St. Andrew’s noontime concert series begun in 1971, which quickly became a model for series throughout the country.
Paul has a special interest in the plucked keyboard instruments and has toured as a harpsichordist since 1980, presenting concerts and workshops in the United States, South America and Europe.  Since 1997 he has been in partnership with harpsichordist Shawn Leopard in many performances from Boston to Miami.  This duo has recorded the Bach Trio Sonatas with Lyrichord Discs and the Soler Conciertos for Two Keyboards on the Centaur label.  In 2002, Centaur released Paul’s solo recording of the complete clavichord pieces of Herbert Howells. In 2005, Lyrichord Discs released a three-disc set of the complete harpsichord works of the Baroque French master Jacques Du Phly.  The same label is in the process of releasing a seven-disc series of all 19 of J.S. Bach’s Clavier Suites.  In recent months the Centaur label has just released a four-disc set of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, also by J.S. Bach.
In 2002 Paul was awarded the prestigious Governor’s Award for Excellent in the Arts by the Mississippi Arts Commission.
April 22, 2016 performers
The Isosceles Trio was created by music faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi to share entertaining and innovative music scored for tuba, horn, and piano.
Jacquelyn Adams is principal horn of the Pensacola Symphony and Meridian Symphony. She performed at The Sixth International Horn Day in Canada, The Cusco Music Festival, and with The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra. Recordings include Genghis Barbie’s self-titled debut album, David Byrne and St. Vincent’s Love This Giant, Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion, and Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto; she also records for NFL Films. Television and movie appearances include CBS’s The Early Show, Disney’s Step Up 3D, and BET’s Music Awards 2007. Adams is Assistant Professor of Horn at The University of Southern Mississippi and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University, and University of New York at Stony Brook.
Dr. Lois Leventhal, pianist, received her doctorate of music at Indiana University and is currently a professor of music at The University of Southern Mississippi. Her performing career includes concert appearances throughout Mississippi, as well as solo and chamber recitals in Chicago, New York, London and, under the auspices of the United States Information Agency, Argentina and Uruguay. Dr. Leventhal, whose performances have been broadcast widely, can also be heard on compact disc on Crystal and Albany labels with colleague Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophonist.
Richard H. Perry holds degrees from Tennessee Technological University, the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been active as a clinician, performer, and adjudicator throughout the Eastern United States. A former member of the acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, Dr. Perry is currently a member of the Southern Arts Brass Quintet, the Modern Jazz Tuba Project, and the Meridian and Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestras. 


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