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Art and Music Among This Month's Highlights

March 2, 2011

At one time or another you've heard someone say "There's nothing to do in Danville." This month at Averett, that's not the case at all as the University is hosting two art events as part of its spring Arts@Averett Series.

First up is the Averett student art show, which will be on display from March 18-April 17 in the multi-purpose room of the Student Center. The Student Center is on the corner of Townes Street and Woodland Drive. The art show will feature a wide variety of work from art majors, art minors and other students who have taken art classes since the spring of 2010. Drawings, paintings and prints in the 2-D areas will depict a variety of both realistic and abstract art. Sculpture, pottery and enameling will also be featured with emphasis on a variety of techniques. Many of the pieces will be available for sale with a list of student names and email addresses. The show is free and open to the public.

Not long after the art show goes on display, the University will host its annual Julian and Elnora Light Memorial Concert. The concert, which features three musicians, will be held at 2:30 p.m. March 20 in Pritchett Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

This year's Light Concert will feature pianist Esther Wang, violinist Susanna Klein and cellist Hannah Holman. Wang is an active soloist and collaborator who has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Green Lake Festival Orchestra under Sir David Willcocks, the New York Philharmonic and the LeSalle String Quartet. She is an associate professor of piano at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.

Klein can regularly be heard on radio and TV spots including the PBS Series "The Retirement Revolution." She served as principal second violin of the Richmond Symphony for five years and has also performed with symphony orchestras in Colorado, Memphis, Vermont and Rhode Island. A regularly featured artist at "Loon Lake Live!," a chamber music festival in upstate New York, she is currently assistant professor and coordinator of strings at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Holman began her professional career in England, playing with the English String Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle. She was a founding member of the Beaumont Piano Trio and Quadrivinium, a music ensemble in resident at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She has been assistant principal cellist of the Richmond Symphony, the Michigan Chamber Orchestra, the American Sinfonietta and performed with the Grant Tetons Festival Orchestra.

For more information on other upcoming Arts@Averett events and schedule changes please check our Spring Schedule.