Warner Robins community band starting new season

September 4, 2013 

School has begun in Houston County, and the Warner Robins Community Concert Association is about to open its 2013-2014 musical season.

The first concert Sept. 15 is special and follows a tradition of featuring young performers at the start of the season. The Wellston Winds, which comprises local music educators, professional musicians and advanced high school students, is a community band formed in 2011.

Under the direction of Wally Shaw and Lloyd McDonald, the group strives to provide enjoyable, interesting and engaging musical performances for Warner Robins and the surrounding areas.

The remaining four performances of the concert season offer a wide variety of musical talent and entertainment. Eugenia Zukerman, flutist, will perform Oct. 6, and brings to the stage a variety of experience as orchestral soloist, chamber musician and recitalist.

“Her musicianship is consummate, her taste immaculate and her stage presence a sheer pleasure” is how The New York Times describes Zuckerman. She has produced more than two dozen recordings on such brands as Delos, SONY Classic, Pro Arte, Vox Cum laude and Newport Classic. Zuckerman has a background in English from Barnard College and received a beachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with renowned flutist Julius Baker.

Next, Chicago-born pianist Douglas Jurs will perform Jan. 12 with guest performer Franklin Gross. Jurs was appointed assistant professor of piano and music theory at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in fall 2012. He has performed solo and has collaborated in recitals throughout the United States and Europe.

The featured program for this recital will include favorites from classical and romantic composers including Frederic Chopin and a four hand arrangement of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with Franklin Gross. Gross is a member of the music faculty of Fort Valley State University and Georgia Military College in Warner Robins.

On Feb. 9, nationally recognized harpist Calista Ann Koch will perform a variety of classical, Celtic, religious, Broadway and popular music. Koch has been performing and teaching since 2004 in Middle Georgia, and throughout the country since the 1980s. Known to many in Middle Georgia as “The Macon Harpist,” this performance is sponsored by LPL Financial.

Rounding out the season March 16, an afternoon of Celtic music will be performed by fiddler Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna. The duet performers first met at a traditional Irish music session in New York City and soon recognized a mutual love of classical, jazz and experimental music, as well as Irish music.

Both are arrangers, composers, players and improvisers in Brooklyn’s eclectic music scene.

All performances of the 2013-2014 Warner Robins Community Concert Association season will be at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 205 North Davis Drive, Warner Robins. Tickets are available at the door for $15 for adults, or in advance. Students of all ages are free of charge. The entire season package of five concerts is only $30.

Tickets may be purchased by sending a check to Warner Robins Community Concert Association, P.O. Box 819, Warner Robins, GA 31099-0819. Email info@wrconcert.org with any questions.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors’ Bureau. Contact her at 478-922-5100 or cvb@wrga.gov.

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