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Cumberland University announces Great Performers Series

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Cumberland University, in conjunction with Friends of Music and the Arts, announces the inaugural season of the “Great Performers Series” – concerts that bring internationally recognized performers to the campus. 

This series is designed to provide world class musical experiences for the entire CU community and the surrounding area.

The 2009-2010 season opening concert on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m., will be presented by critically-acclaimed soprano Susanna Phillips. She recently performed at New York’s Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall, and has appeared in concert with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera, and the New York Pops Orchestra.

In her performance at CU, Phillips will premier a work by Philip Lasser, composer in residence at Juilliard School of Music. This premiere has special meaning for the community – it is based on poems by Wynelle Carson, whose parents were both born and raised in Lebanon.

Accompanying Phillips at the piano will be Craig Terry, assistant conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to his work as a conductor, Terry has an international career as a pianist performing with renowned singers and instrumentalists throughout the world. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 and has performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Most recently, Terry performed concertos by Chopin and Mendelssohn with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tickets are $25 each and are limited for this special performance in the June and Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center on the CU campus. To purchase tickets, or for more information about the series, contact the School of Music & the Arts at 547-1364. 

Visit www.cumberland.edu/visitors/foma for additional information about Friends of Music & the Arts and upcoming performances in the Great Performers Series.

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