Sister Act: Gill and Cantrell-Colas Present Program at Weymouth
Duo-pianists Lydia Gill and her sister, Maryann Cantrell-Colas, will present a musical program in celebration of Weymouth Center's 30th anniversary Thursday, March 11, at noon in the Great Room.
Lunch will be served.
The program will include "Mother Goose Suite" by Maurice Ravel, Nos. 1, 3, and 5; "Petite Suite" by Debussy, Nos. 1 and 2; "Children's Games" by Bizet, Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 12; "Waltz No. 15" by Johannes Brahms and "Hungarian Dances" No. 5, No. 9, and No. 1, also by Brahms.
Lydia Gill, a local pianist and music educator, has been a lover of music all her life.
She did her undergraduate work at Duke University and received her master's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. After moving to Southern Pines in 1977, she became involved in Weymouth and the chamber music programs there.
She served as chairman of the music committee, working closely with Lena Stewart, Glenn Brillhart and Serene McLean, and remained on the committee for many years with Elaine Sills as chairman.
She has served as president of the Moore County Chapter of the N. C. Symphony Board and has recently rejoined that board.
A former member of the Moore County Choral Society, Gill is also a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Choir and performs at various venues in the area and county.
A student of Herbert Horn at St. Andrews for a number of years, she joined him in performing for programs with the Moore County Music Society. Gill has also performed with local pianists Sue Aceves and Harriet Prevatte.
Gill and her sister, Maryanne Cantrell-Colas, a graduate of The Juilliard School and resident of New York City, have played duets with much pleasure for their parents, who lived at St. Joseph of the Pines.
"We are delighted to be playing together again," says Gill.
Cantrell has also performed in the Weymouth Chamber Music Concerts to the delight local audiences.
At the age of 7, Cantrell-Colas gave her first recitals in Atlanta, Ga., where she studied with Powell Everhart. A winner of many awards and competitions, including the Young Concert Artists first prize, she made her debut as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14.
She went on to study at Oberlin College, where she worked with Emil Danenberg. After graduating from Oberlin with honors, she was the recipient of the Artist Fellowship for graduate study at the University of Illinois.
In New York, Cantrell-Colas won first prize in the Carl Friedberg Memorial Competition, which led to study at The Juilliard School.
Since then she has given concerts around the United States and Europe. In New York she has performed at the United Nations, Lincoln Center, at the Hitchcock/Rockefeller Auditorium of the YWCA and at Town Hall.
She has performed at the Weymouth concert series in Southern Pines and at European festivals, including the Bolzano Festival, in Italy, and the Fontainebleau Festival, in France.
She has also been on the music faculty of the Lyceum Kennedy, an independent French-language school in New York City.
Her teachers include Gaby Casadesus, Gyorgy Sandor and Sophia Rosoff.
Advance reservations at $8 are preferred and may be made by calling Weymouth Center at (910) 692-6261.
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