Thursday, February 11, 2010

Music at the Morris Springs into Action in 2010

The Morris Museum announces its Spring Music at the Morris schedule, which includes performances by soprano Laquita Mitchell, cellist Christine Crookall and pianist Martin David Jones, and a Symphony Orchestra Augusta ensemble.

“Music at the Morris, our free, monthly music series, has been highly successful,” commented David Tucker, deputy director and curator of education at the Morris Museum of Art. “It allows us to bring to our community top quality local and regional musical artists who represent all musical genres, including jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, acoustic, and classical.”

Sunday, February 21, 2:00 p.m.
Laquita Mitchell. New York City native and Manhattan School of Music graduate Laquita Mitchell made her role debut as Bess in George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the San Francisco Opera in June of 2009. A Grand Prize Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2004, Ms. Mitchell brings a program of her favorite pieces to our Morris stage.

Sunday, March 21, 2:00 p.m.
Christine Crookall and Martin David Jones. A history of music written for cello and piano is performed by Augusta State University music professors Christine Crookall, cello, and Martin David Jones, piano. Join us for a selection of favorites from the eighteenth through twenty-first centuries by composers including Bach, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and more. Refreshments and conversation with the artists follow.

Sunday, April 18, 2:00 p.m.
Music of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Augusta State University music faculty and colleagues bring to the Morris stage the wonderful music of the nineteenth century’s romantic period and music of the twentieth century. Enjoyable just for the music, the concert is also aligned with the curriculum requirements of the university’s humanities courses.

Sunday, May 16, 2:00 p.m.
Demonstration and Discussion with Maestro Shizuo Kuwahara. A Symphony Orchestra Augusta ensemble performs a short magnum opus, and Maestro Kuwahara dissects and analyzes the work with the audience, determining why it is exemplary. Refreshments and conversation with the artists follow.

Music at the Morris is FREE to the public. Held in the museum’s auditorium, most performances are followed by refreshments and an opportunity for conversation with the artists. Seating is limited. For more information, please call 706-828-3867. Music at the Morris is sponsored in part by SunTrust Bank and Mr. and Mrs. Braye C. Boardman. Free Sundays at the Morris are sponsored in part by Elliott Davis, LLC, and Wachovia Bank.

The Morris Museum of Art was founded in 1985 and opened to the public in 1992. It is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection holds approximately five thousand works of art that date from the late-eighteenth century to the present. The permanent collection galleries are currently being reinstalled and will reopen March 6, 2010. The Morris is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m. For more information about the Morris Museum of Art, visit or call 706-724-7501.
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