Freed-Hardeman University/Dickson will host “A Star-Spangled Concert” April 27 at 7:00pm in the performance hall of the Renaissance Center in Dickson. The event will raise funds for the Veterans’ Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Three musicians: Luis Haza, violinist; Destiny Mermagen, violinist; and Richard England, pianist, will present a program ranging from Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins” to music from Mermagan’s recently released CD featuring Henri Vieuxtemps’ arrangement of American folk tunes such as “Arkansas Traveler.” “Additional selections will be not only entertaining, but also reflect the virtuosity of these two internationally known violinists,” England said.
Grammy-award winning conductor and violin virtuoso Haza is conductor emeritus of the Coastal Symphony of Georgia. Born in Santiago, Cuba, he has earned distinction in the United States and abroad for his roles as conductor, violinist and human rights advocate. His extensive performing career includes more than 36 years with the National Symphony Orchestra. As solo violinist, he performed at the White House, appeared on television in the Dominican Republic, and performed the Washington premiere of Cuban composer Jose White's Violin Concerto. Haza served as music director of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras for 25 years, leading its premier ensemble, the American Youth Philharmonic, and overseeing its three other ensembles. In April 2002 Haza received the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) "Heroes Award." In March 2004, the American Immigration Law Foundation presented him with the American Immigrant Achievement Award.
Pioneering musician and American violinist Mermagen is Classically Trained & Fiddle Raised, Playing Everything from Bach to Barn Burners™. As the winner of international competitions and performance awards, she has appeared as violin soloist and chamber musician in many prestigious venues across the United States, and in Russia, Prague and elsewhere in Europe. Regional performance concert halls include Kennedy Center stages, Strathmore Hall, and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. In 2015, Mermagen received the “Live Positive” award, given for acts of kindness. She donated the $10,000 cash prize to Washington, D.C.’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she volunteered her time giving musical performances. As a current resident of Prairie Village, Kansas, she now volunteers at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Missouri.
Music professor Richard England has worked for the past 16 of his 24 years at FHU with the Department of Fine Arts. His students have been selected for honors performances at Carnegie Hall. Most recently, England was selected for the pianoSonoma workshop at Juilliard to study with Michael Shinn (Juilliard/Boston Conservatory/Berklee); Jessica Chow Shinn (Juilliard); and Jihea Hong-Park (Juilliard/New York Philharmonic); and to accompany Doori Na, violinist (Juilliard). He and his wife Barbara have taken several student groups to Europe to study art and music in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Scotland, England, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy and Vatican City.
General admission tickets are $40 each; VIP tickets with reserved seating and a meet and greet with the artists following the performance are $140 each.The public is also encouraged to purchase tickets so that veterans and their families may attend the concert. Tickets may be purchased and donations made at https://give.fhu.edu/veterans.
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