The American Spirit Featuring James Lyon, violin Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Holloway Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Praised as “a dramatic violin soloist,” James Lyon has been lauded by the press for his “virtually definitive performance” of Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A major. His performances have taken him to Amman, Jordan, where he performed for Queen Noor; to Venice, where he performed in a concert attended by Gian Carlo Menotti; and to Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, where he performed to critical acclaim as a member of two Penn State faculty ensembles, the Castalia Trio and Duo Concertant. He has given masterclasses in China, South Korea, and France and performs on a violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.
Joyeux Noël! Featuring Jacqueline Pollauf, harp Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Holloway Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Jacqueline Pollauf, harpist, praised for playing with “transcendent ability” (The Sybaritic Singer) recently premiered a new work for harp and voice at Carnegie Hall in New York, New York. Past performances include the Eleventh World Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Whether performing standard repertoire or her own compositions, Jacqueline is always exploring the versatility of the harp. An active composer, Jacqueline’s works are available through Vanderbilt Music and Harp Column Music. Recording credits include Music from Three Continents with the Scottish Voices ensemble and a solo recording, Bouquet. Jacqueline has been honored with awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and Chamber Music America. In addition to being the director of the Baltimore Harp Camp, Jacqueline is on faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory.
East Meets West Featuring Christopher Blasdel, shakuhachi (an end-blown Japanese flute) Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Holloway Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Christopher Yohmei Blasdel began the shakuhachi and studies of Japanese music in 1972 with Goro Yamaguchi. In 1982 he received an MFA in ethnomusicology from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and received his professional name “Yohmei” from Yamaguchi in 1984. Performing in Japan and around the world, Blasdel is one of the foremost world performers and educators in shakuhachi and Japanese music. His playing maintains a balance between traditional shakuhachi music, modern compositions and cross-genre work with musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists.
The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. The SSO is also supported by a grant from the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council.
Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.