If you’re ready to return to live classical music performances, we have one for you! On Friday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m., Celeste Shearer, French horn, and Dr. Dena Kay Jones, piano, will perform a free concert featuring selections from their new Summit Records CD, “Sultry & Eccentric: The Music of James Grant.” The concert will also feature Jim Shearer, tuba, in a trio performance of Tom Clary’s “Two Lovers Dream,” as well as music from their previous CD release, “Haunted America Suite.”
Celeste and Jim Shearer have been regular collaborators with composer Jim Grant for over 15 years, and this current project features several works the composer created, specifically performing versions for French horn for premiere on this new recording project. For nearly four decades, James Grant has been commissioned by individuals, choruses, chamber ensembles, and orchestras who have performed his music throughout the world. He is a past first-prize winner of the Washington Cathedral Choral Society’s choral composition competition; the South Coast (CA) Choral Society’s International Choral Competition; the Louisville Orchestra Competition for New Orchestral Music; and, in 2002, was one of five American composers to win the Aaron Copland Award.
Celeste Shearer plays horn with the Roswell Symphony Orchestra and the Great American Trio. She was a member of the El Paso Symphony from 1984 to 1991 under the baton of Maestro Abraham Chavez, and she continues her association with EPSO today serving as a regular substitute. Celeste has also performed with the Lubbock Symphony, Las Cruces Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, and the New Mexico Philharmonia. In
1989, she received a fellowship as a member of Bravado Brass to attend the prestigious Tanglewood Institute, where she studied with the Empire Brass Quintet.
Dena Kay Jones has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Spain, Italy, France, Mexico, and Canada. She is a frequent performer of solo and chamber music at various venues within the El Paso, Texas, area, and is piano faculty, solo and chamber musician at the Orfeo Music Festival held annually in Vipiteno/Sterzing, Italy. In addition to maintaining a widely varied repertoire from the standard piano literature, Dr. Jones has focused her energies on performance and research of the Spanish piano repertoire. Her interest in this music has led her to focus on lesser-known Spanish piano works written from 1900-1950. She is sought out for her work, opinions, and interpretations of this canon of piano music. She joined the music faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso in 2002, where she is professor of applied piano, chamber music, and class piano.
For more information about this concert, please contact the NMSU Department of Music at 575-646-2601 or visit the departmental website: music.nmsu.edu.
The Atkinson Recital Hall is located in the NMSU Music Center which is located at 1075 N. Horseshoe, south off University Blvd. at the corner of Espina Street and Horseshoe.
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