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Covenant Arts Presents Piano Duo Nielson and Young



The Covenant College Department of Music presents the fourth annual season of Covenant Arts, a concert series featuring internationally-known soloists and chamber ensembles.

Founded to enhance the concept of a Christian liberal arts education at Covenant College, Covenant Arts brings to campus some of the finest artists in the music world today.

 

Schedule

Friday, September 12, 2008:
Eroica Trio
Friday, October 31, 2008:
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Friday, November 14, 2008:
D’Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano • Peter Bloom, flute • Mary Jane Rupert, Piano
Friday, January 30, 2009:
George Merritt, Baritone • Jon Werking, Piano
Friday, February 27, 2009:
Frank Wiens, piano
Friday, April 24, 2009:
Stephen Nielson • Ovid Young

 

Tickets

You may subscribe to Covenant Arts or purchase individual concert tickets. In addition, a catered, candlelight dinner will be offered prior to each concert, and you may purchase dinner tickets when you order concert tickets.

To order by telephone, please call 706.419.1453.


Subscriptions

Subscribe to Covenant Arts today and receive the best value for the concert series.

Membership subscriptions include discounted ticket prices, center orchestra premium seating at the five concerts, and reserved VIP parking.

For pricing, please see our brochure


Individual Concert Tickets

Do you prefer to purchase concert tickets individually?

For pricing, please see our brochure


Pre-Concert Dinner Tickets

Delicious, candlelight dinners are offered in Covenant College's magnificent Great Hall immediately prior to each concert.

 

Individual dinner tickets are $23.50, including tax and gratuity.

Reservations are required 2 weeks prior to each concert.

Click here to see the pre-concert dinner menus.


Eroica Trio

Friday, September 12, 2008, 8 pm

 

 

As the most sought after trio in the world, the Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and elegance. The three players are all award-winning soloists who have performed on the world’s most prestigious stages. Whether playing the great standards of the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three young women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their performances of depth and precision. To learn more, visit www.eroicatrio.com.

 


Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Friday, October 31, 2008, 8 pm

 

 

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields began in 1959 with eleven musicians with the aim of performing without a conductor. As the Academy recorded extensively and expanded its repertory, Neville Mariner joined the group as its conductor. The Chamber Ensemble began in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra, the group tours as a string octet, string sextet and in configurations that include winds. They will be performing octet and sextet works by Brahms, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.

 


D’Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano
Peter Bloom, flute
Mary Jane Rupert, Piano

Friday, November 14, 2008, 8 pm

 

 

Three of the world’s finest musicians join forces to present an exquisite program of music by Handel, Rossini, Britten, Delibes, Pinkham, Gershwin and one of America’s superb living composers, Elizabeth Vercoe. Grammy-nominated (’06) mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, called “affecting…superb” (New York Times), has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s top orchestras and festivals and has performed with New York City Opera. Her discography includes 35 recordings.

 

Flutist Peter Bloom is acclaimed as a concert and recording artist whose playing “is a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (Boston Globe). His extensive career has resulted in 30 recordings and the coveted American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. Pianist Mary Jane Rupert’s concert career has taken her to venues worldwide with recordings on the North Star and Harmony Hill labels. For more information: www.americasmusicworks.com

 

 

 


George Merritt, Baritone • Jon Werking, Piano

Friday, January 30, 2009, 8 pm

 

 

Drama Desk Award nominee George Merritt has enjoyed a distinguished career as one of America’s finest theatrical baritones. His Broadway productions have included Jekyll & Hyde, Big River, Lost in the Stars, Berlin to Broadway, Porgy & Bess, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Once on this Island. His concert tours have included performances at the White House and with major orchestras. Merritt is joined by the versatile pianist, Jon Werking, whose own concert career has spanned twenty years and a diversity of styles including jazz, pop, rock, and classical to name a few.

 


Frank Wiens, piano

Friday, February 27, 2009, 8 pm

 

 

As a concert pianist, Frank Wiens has performed with prestigious orchestras worldwide. His solo career has included concerts for the 100th Anniversary of Prokofiev’s birth in New York and the Soviet Union and most recently, all Chopin recitals at the Chopin Academy and Lazienki Palace in Warsaw, Poland. His award winning career is balanced with many distinguished awards for his faculty and research work at the University of the Pacific. His acclaimed performance for Covenant Arts two years ago has brought him, by request, back to the series once more.

 

 


Stephen Nielson • Ovid Young

Friday, April 24, 2009, 8 pm

 

Steinway artists Stephen Nielson and Ovid Young continue a lifelong duo-piano collaboration that boasts over 3700 concerts in prestigious venues worldwide. Their discography includes recordings from the classical to their signature hymn-tune arrangements for two pianos. Young is currently artist-in-residence at Olivet Nazarene University; Nielson is part of the artist faculty of the Cliburn Institute at Texas Christian University.

 


Pre-Concert Dinner Menus

Tables can be set for two or four guests. Please let us know if your couple prefers to dine alone or to be seated with another couple.

A vegetarian substitute is available with two-weeks advance notice. All meals include beverage (water, coffee, unsweetened tea)


September 12, 2008

Salad of mixed field greens with hot bacon dressing;
Choice of Entrée:
1. 6 oz marinated beef tenderloin (chargrilled to medium)
2. Grilled Salmon
Duchess potatoes, fresh roasted asparagus w red peppers, assorted demi rolls with honey butter;
Dessert: Chocolate Mousse in chocolate cup with strawberry filling

October 31, 2008

Classic Caesar Salad with fresh croutons and parmesan garlic crostini
Entrée: Chicken parmesan and stuffed eggplant over fettuccini topped with a robust marinara sauce, balsamic-marinated grilled zucchini, yellow squash and mushrooms
Dessert: Fall berry torte

November 14, 2008

Romaine salad w tomatoes, onion, feta, and Italian dressing
Entrée: Chicken in marsala wine sauce with grilled marinated shrimp, rissisoto with craisins,
onions and portabellas, sautéed Italian vegetables, rolls in garlic butter
Dessert: Cheesecake

January 30, 2009

Baby spinach salad with tart granny smith apples, crumbled blue cheese and bacon vinaigrette
Choice of Entrée:
1. Wild rice and fruit stuffed pork loin over braised greens
2. Crab-stuffed flounder
Roasted root vegetables, Sour cream corn muffins w butter;
Dessert: Strawberry white chocolate bread pudding

February 27, 2009

Baby Bibb salad with shredded mozzarella, thinly sliced purple onion,
and creamy honey Dijon dressing;
Entrée: Stuffed chicken Italian (Stuffed w ricotta cheese and spinach), steamed whole fresh
green beans, red peppers and onions, fresh baked yeast rolls w butter;
Dessert: Chocolate, chocolate cheesecake w raspberry sauce

April 24, 2009

Appetizer: Baked Brie, Crackers and Fruit
Salad of spring greens with craisins, glazed almonds, mandarin oranges, onion,
balsamic vinaigrette;
Choice of Entrée:
1. Herb encrusted beef tenderloin char broiled to medium
2. Grilled Salmon
Tiny potatoes in garlic butter, fresh asparagus and red peppers, crusty rolls and butter;
Dessert: Strawberry pie w chocolate dipped strawberries


For more information about Covenant Arts, contact:
Dr. Jeanell W. Brown, Chair
Department of Music
706.419.1452 or 706.419.1428