Duo to Play at Weymouth Fundraiser
Internationally recognized pianist Frederick Moyer and cellist Nancy Green, who have played and recorded classical music both together and independently for almost three decades, will perform Friday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.
An evening of "Champagne, Chocolate and Schumann," the gala evening presented by the Weymouth Music Committee will honor Southern Pines civic leader Norris Hodgkins Jr., a former Weymouth president, whose late wife, Sara Hodgkins, was North Carolina's first Secretary of Cultural Resources.
Both musicians are grandchildren of North Carolina playwright Paul Green, a frequent visitor to Weymouth during his lifetime, and author of the state's first outdoor drama, "The Lost Colony," which is still running during the summers is and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Green was one of the key leaders in the preservation of Weymouth in the late 1970s when development threatened destruction of the historic Georgian-style former home of James Boyd, a historical novelist and his wife, Katharine.
The Moyer-Green program will include fantasy pieces by the great Romantic composer Robert Schumann, also an original finale movement to Schumann's "Fourth Sonata," whose fragments were deciphered by Moyer and his uncle Paul Green Jr., with cousin Rafael Green, last year. Paul Green Jr. is the father of cellist Nancy Green.
Other pieces on the program will be Sergei Prokofiev's "Sonata in C Major" and Cesar Franck's "Sonata in D Minor."
Moyer, who studied music on scholarship at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, Pa., comes from a family of musicians on both sides. He later attended Indiana University, making his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. He's been a full-time concert pianist for 25 years, performing in 43 countries, including England, Japan and Australia as well as at the Kennedy Center. He has founded his own recording studio, integrated classical music with technology and garnered rave reviews.
Green is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music in New York and has been a cellist for more than 20 years, frequently performing with Moyer. She has made the first recordings of several pieces by European composers.
Early reservations are recommended since space is limited in the Great Room at Weymouth, where the concert will be held, at 555 E. Connecticut Ave. Tickets are $50. Call (910) 692-6261.
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