OUMA’s Skylight Gallery Concert Series presents Dr. Laura Gordy, piano, and George Vass, violin, performing Handel, Prokofiev, and more.
General admission: $10; free for OUMA members or with a Petrel Pass.
Dr. Laura Gordy has been a distinguished performer and teacher in Atlanta for the past 30 years. A champion of contemporary music, she has commissioned and premiered over 85 new works and made many professional recordings. She co-founded and co-directed the award-winning new music ensemble Thamyris, and has performed with noted soloists such as Richard Stolzman, Alexa Still, Martin Kuuskman and principal players of many major U.S. orchestras. Dr. Gordy earned degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (highest honors), Rice University Shepherd School of Music, and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. She studied piano with Aloys Kontarsky (Cologne, Germany), Amanda Penick, Mary Norris Tipton and Jeanne Kirstein, and harpsichord with Eiji Hashimoto. A scholarship student at the Aspen and Round Top Music Festivals, she has also received study grants from the Goethe Institut and The King Baudouin Foundation. She has performed throughout the United States and in Europe, Asia and Latin America. A member of the Emory University music faculty 1996 to 2013, she has taught piano, chamber music, theory and Javanese gamelan, and teaches piano privately in Decatur.
Over the 35 or so years of concertizing, George Vass has played in 3 continents: Europe, Asia and the Americas. He is praised for his interpretations of the classics as well as for his performing style where he prefers to model his sound to the human voice rather than the percussiveness of the pianoforte. He has been trained by Vahan Bedelian, Ivan Galamian, Harry Shub, David Takeno, and Oliver Steiner, teachers that trace their tradition to Joseph Joachim, Leopold Auer, Konstantin Mostras, Lucien Capet, Cezar Espejo, Demetrius Dounis and Nathan Milstein. He started his musical training as a six year old in his native Cyprus and then continued in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has given solo concerts in notable venues around the world including the Beethoven Haus in Bonn, the Peoples Theatre, Beijing, Teatro des Bellas Artes, Mexico, Carnegie and Wigmore Halls as well as the Dag Hammersjold Hall at the United Nations. He alternates between two violins for his concerts: The Kreisler-Greville Stradivarius of 1727 and a J.F. Pressenda of 1834.
Dr. Nick Maher, associate professor of history at Oglethorpe University, will present “Rundown between Spain and the USA: Cuban Independence and National Identity.” Dr. Maher will lecture about the late 19th century Cuban Independence Movement and the background to Cuban national identity in navigating a path between Spanish and U.S. cultures.
General admission: $5. Free for OUMA members or with a Petrel Pass.
This event is part of the Wednesday Lecture Series accompanying the exhibition STEALING BASE: Cuba at Bat, presented by The Shelley and Donald Rubin Exhibition Series.