Brownson Hosts Musical Events
Three musical events are scheduled for the first week of November at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church.
On Sunday, Nov. 1, in celebration of All Saints' Day, the Chancel Choir, accompanied by orchestra, will present Gabriel Faure's "Requiem" during the Sunday worship services at 8:45 and 11:10 a.m.
The work, first performed in 1888, has been regarded as an expression of Faure's personal tragedy, written after the death of his parents. In this presentation, the baritone soloist will be Robert Dellert, of Greenville, S.C., and the soprano solos will be sung by Susan Paschal.
On Monday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., the Pinecrest Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of James Brown, will give a concert, highlighted with selections by Sweelinck, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Barnum. The concert is in preparation for the group's appearance at the annual conference of the North Carolina Music Educators' Association.
The 36-voice Pinecrest Chamber Ensemble has received top honors in competitions at the state and national level, and they have performed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., at St. Paul's Church, St. Bartholomew's Church and Riverside Church in New York City, as well as at Orchestra Hall in San Francisco and Chicago, and at Duke Chapel in Durham.
James Brown has been the director of choral studies at Pinecrest High School for the past five years and is also the department chair of the Fine Arts Department at Pinecrest. Among the many awards he has received for his choral conducting, he was honored most recently as Music Educator of the Year by the Moore County chapter of the North Carolina Symphony Society, and was the first music educator to receive the Jackson Parkhurst Award for bringing his passion for music to his students and the community.
On Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., the Carolina Philharmonic Chamber Players, under the direction of David Michael Wolff, will close out a week of musical presentations at Brownson, with a concert at which they will perform works of Bach, Boulanger, Faure, and Schubert.
The Carolina Philharmonic, formerly the West Side Chamber Orchestra, is made up of talented musicians from Cumberland and Moore counties, as well as from other Carolina locations. Launched by Wolff, a regular guest artist at Carnegie Hall and other major venues throughout the world, the group serves Fayetteville, Southern Pines, Greenville and Raleigh. An internationally recognized pianist and conductor, Wolff is also the principal conductor of the Manhattan Chamber Philharmonic in New York City.
Both the Monday evening and the Friday evening concerts are open to the public. There is no admission charge.
The church is located at 330 May St., Southern Pines.
For more information, contact the church office at (910) 692-6252.
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