Weymouth Hosts Concert Today
The Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities will host Aurora Musicalis on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Great Room.
A chamber ensemble featuring players from the North Carolina Symphony, Aurora Musicalis is a diverse chamber music ensemble composed of members of the North Carolina Symphony and other distinguished artists.
Clarinetist Jimmy Gilmore, and cellist, Elizabeth Beilman, along with pianists John Ruggero and Kari Miller form the core of the ensemble. Since its debut in 1991, the ensemble has made numerous appearances to critical acclaim, including concert series' at Duke University, Weymouth Center, Fearrington Village, Meredith College and the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild.
Their first compact disc, "Echoes of America: Chamber Music in America," received excellent reviews, including a special notice in the international publication, Fanfare.
Brian Reagin, now celebrating his 19th season as concertmaster with the North Carolina Symphony, made his solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto."
Since 1990, Reagin has made annual solo appearances with the North Carolina Symphony performing concertos by Vieux-temps, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and others. A highlight of his extensive chamber music career was a televised performance of the Brahms' "B-major Trio" with Andr Previn and Yo-Yo Ma.
Brian Reagin's studies have included coachings with the Guarneri Quartet, Mischa Schneider of the Budapest Quartet, Ivan Galamian and Josef Gingold. He has held faculty and visiting artist positions with Carnegie-Mellon University, the Cleveland Institute of Music and East Carolina University. Since 1996, he has been Concertmaster of the Chaut-auqua Symphony at the Chautauqua Institution of New York. Among his several commercial compact discs is the world premiere recording of the George Frederick McKay Concerto with the National Radio Symphony of Ukraine, recently released on the Naxos label.
Elizabeth Beilman, a native of Wichita, Kan., joined the North Carolina Symphony in 1988 and now serves as assistant principal cello. Since coming to Raleigh, she has performed in numerous recitals and ensembles in North Carolina and has appeared as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony.
In this season, she will be performing chamber music under the direction of two Pulitzer-prize-winning composers Karel Husa, and Robert Ward.
Beilman is a founding member of Aurora Musicalis. She holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in music performance from the Indiana University School of Music. While at Indiana University, she held a faculty position of associate instructor and served as assistant to Fritz Magg, distinguished professor of music.
Other cello teachers were Anner Bylsma, Aldo Parisot and Paul Tortelier. Her extensive background in chamber music includes studies with Rostislav Dubinsky, Josef Gingold and Peter Oundjian.
Kent Lyman has distinguished himself as a soloist and chamber musician throughout much of the United States and in South Korea. He has appeared at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, at the National Conference of the Sonneck Society for American Music, on the Temple Square Concert Series in Salt Lake City, Utah, and on concert series at the College of Charleston, Winthrop University, Francis Marion University and Indiana University in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Lyman has performed with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Florence Symphony Orchestra. He has lectured, performed, and given master classes at universities and schools in South Korea. Having received his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Utah, he earned his master's degree and doctorate from the Indiana University School of Music. Lyman is currently on the piano faculty of Meredith College in Raleigh.
Jimmy Gilmore is a native of Dallas, Texas, and is principal clarinetist of the North Carolina Symphony. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master's degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Gilmore was formerly a member of the Rochester Philharmonic and the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point. A faculty member of Duke University and Meredith College, Gilmore has made numerous appearances as a soloist and recitalist throughout the Southeast. In addition, he has appeared many times as a concerto soloist with the North Carolina Symphony. Gilmore is a founding member of the ensemble and has performed in many recitals in the Triangle.
Admission to the Weymouth Chamber Music Concerts is by membership or a $15 admission at the door.
For questions please call 692-6261.
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