We are excited and touched that the Lasker Summer Music Festival will turn fifteen years old this summer!
The time has flown by, and while many things have changed, the festival remains a constant for our musicians. We do, indeed, look forward to “re-igniting the fires of our inspiration, re-setting our artistic compasses, and replenishing our stores of enthusiasm” each summer in Lasker, as the festival charter states.
Since this is an important anniversary for the festival, we considered making this season a big celebration. We also considered making it a little more intimate to connect back to the experience we had the very first year. Now that the schedule is in place, I see that we have done a bit of both.
We will begin with a chapel service and opening ceremonies at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 14th. During this service, Dr. J Brabban of Chowan University will speak on our season’s theme “Stirring the Worship Senses.”
At 7:30 P.M. on the 14th Tenor Jeff Prillaman will return to Lasker for a solo concert of classical and sacred favorites.
At 7:30 P.M. on Monday the 16th Baritone Gregory Parker will perform the Four Serious Songs of Brahms. Jeremy McEntire, flute and Kathy Hulin, horn will present music by C.P.E. Bach, Phillipe Gaubert, and others.
We will conclude our time in Lasker with a pianistic extravaganza at 7:30 P.M on Tuesday the 17th.This concert will be a tribute to the father of American pianism, Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869). This concert will involve a team of keyboardists including Paula Pressnell, Josiah Antill, Bruce Moser, Kathy Hulin, Joshua Russell, and myself in an informative and entertaining evening of Gottschalk’s music.
As always, each of these events will take place at Lasker Baptist Church, free of charge and open to the public. For further information, please call 252-862-5548.
See you in Lasker!
Charles J. Hulin IV