- First Presybterian Church, Staunton
November 9, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Benjamin K. Roe of the Heifetz Institute examines how World War I both coincided with and triggered dramatic upheavals in music from classical to popular, shifting the cultural landscape from the Age of Monarchs to Modernism.
The presentation will include both recorded and live performances (by cellist Ana Abrantes and pianist Lynne Mackey of the Heifetz Institute’s PEG program) that will evoke all the turmoil, anguish, passion and even humor of the age, from here to “Over There,” spanning from the jingoistic, nationalistic fervor of the prewar era, typified by works like Edward Elgar’s Shakespeare-inspired “Pomp and Circumstance,” to the postwar experimentalism of such figures as Schoenberg, Zoltan Kodaly, and even John Alden Carpenter, composer of the “Krazy Kat Jazz Pantomime.”
About the Presenters:
Benjamin K. Roe is President & CEO of the Heifetz International Music Institute. Before moving to Staunton in 2014, Mr. Roe was the Managing Producer for Music and Performance at WGBH, Boston, part of a three-decade career in public media where he won a Grammy Award, a Chairman’s Medal from the National Endowment for the Arts, a George Foster Peabody and ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and a National Medal of the Arts awarded to the NPR Cultural Programming team. Mr. Roe also serves as the chief content creator for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s innovative “Live Note” in-concert program app, and a frequent guest lecturer, adjudicator, and pre-concert speaker.
A native of Campos do Jordão, Brazil, Dr. Ana Cristina Abrantes directs the Heifetz Institute’s acclaimed HeifetzPEG program, and manages the daily office and Heifetz On Tour operations year-round. As a cellist, Dr. Abrantes has performed across the United States and Brazil, and served as the principal cellist of the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, the University of Georgia’s Symphony Orchestra, the Hodgson String Quartet, and the Athens Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Abrantes holds a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Music degree in cello performance from the University of Georgia, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in cello performance with a minor in music theory also from the University of Georgia.
Pianist Lynne Mackey has performed in solo and collaborative settings and given masterclasses in the United States, Brazil, Spain, France, and Morocco. She holds Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees from the University of Michigan, The Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music. Most recently, she performed as harpsichord concerto soloist with the Presbyterian College Chamber Orchestra in South Carolina, and participated in the International Baroque Institute at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. Lynne serves as Director of the Virginia Baroque Performance Academy, which celebrated its 9th year as part of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in June. Lynne currently teaches at Mary Baldwin University.
Venue: First Presbyterian Church