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Averett to Host Annual Light Memorial Concert

March 6, 2014

They're not only professors of music, they're performers themselves. Dr. Robert Bracey, tenor, and Dr. Karen Beres, pianist, will perform at Averett University as part of its annual Julian and Elnora Light Memorial Concert. The free concert, which is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, will be held in Pritchett Auditorium in the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center. The duo will combine their talents and perform works by Schubert, Schumann, Hahn and Finzi.

Bracey, a professor of voice and coordinator of vocal studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has performed throughout the United States and made appearances in Canada, Russia, Europe, India and Japan. He was awarded first place in the Oratorio Society of New York's Annual International Solo Competition at Carnegie Hall and performed there as part of Handel's "Messiah." He has performed with a number of symphonies and orchestras including the Oratorio Society of New York, the Detroit Symphony, the Orlando Philharmonic, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and the Paranjoti Academy Chorus at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India.

Beres is an associate professor of group piano/piano pedagogy at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. She has performed throughout North America and in the counties of Italy and Austria. For three years she has served on the staff of the Classical Music Festival in Austria as a collaborative pianist and piano seminar faculty. Beres is a new music specialist and has commissioned a number of works for solo and duo piano, including a recent work "This is the World We Know" for two pianos and percussion, by David Maslanka. A member of the CanAm Piano Duo, she was awarded a silver medal in the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition of the Chamber Music Foundation of New England and a distinguished award in the IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Ragusa, Sicily.