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R-MWC professor, guest artists offer free concert

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Emily Yap Chua, R-MWC assistant professor of music, will be
performing with guest artists Rebecca Dorcy and Kathleen Balfe on Friday,
February 28 at 7:30 PM in Smith Hall Theatre in the Smith Memorial Building on
the campus of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. The program will include Brahms’
Sonata in D minor, Op. 108 for piano and violin, Bach’s Invention No. 6 for
violin and cello, Astor Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango for violoncello and piano,
and Felix Mendelssohn’s Trio in C minor, Op. 66, featuring all the artists.
The concert is free and open to the public.

Chua has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Past
collaborations have included performances with Randolph Bowman, principal
flute of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Bradley Garner, flute, faculty
member at The Julliard School; Richard Hawley, principal clarinet of the
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; and Sherwin Thia, violin with the Malaysian
Philharmonic Orchestra. Chua was the primary pianist for chamber music at the
Opera Theatre of Lucca in 2002, and currently is a substitute with the New
World Symphony. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Florida State University
and her master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Cincinnati’s
College-Conservatory of Music.

Guest violinist Dorcy is the youngest member of the Nashville Symphony and a
member of the Point Counter Camber Players, performing with them in Central
Vermont. She has been a featured soloist with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the
Starling Chamber Orchestra, and the Seattle Philharmonic. She earned her
bachelor’s degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of
Music.

Balfe, guest cellist, has earned such honors as first prize winner of the
Edgard Feder Young Artist award, winner of a Fulbright grant in 2000, and a
prize winner in the 2000 American String Teacher’s Association National
Competition and the International Cassado Cello Competition. She has appeared
as a soloist with the New World Symphony, where she performed as a chamber
musician representing the symphony in Atlanta, Boston, New York, Costa Rica,
Prague, Rome, and Monaco. She is currently finishing her position as acting
assistant principal cellist of the Charlotte Symphony. She earned her
bachelor’s degree at the New England Conservatory, and has studied with Irene
Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory.

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