Rutherford Chamber Consort to perform ‘Unbroken Circle of EvenSong’ in Tryon

Published 11:53 am Wednesday, May 17, 2023

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TRYON–The Unbroken Circle of EvenSong will be presented by the Rutherford Chamber Consort on Saturday, May 27. The performance will take place at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Tryn at 7 p.m.

The Rutherford Chamber Consort is a professional Chamber music ensemble founded 16 years ago by Sharon Virginia Lawrence. Lawrence is a violinist who moved to Forest City from Virginia. She played assistant concertmaster with the Virginia Symphony, acting principal second violin with the Roanoke Symphony and in the violin section of the Richmond Symphony. She taught on faculty for 12 years at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and directed the Liberty University Orchestra. 

Lawrence holds degrees in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University. In the Carolinas, she has freelanced extensively and taught at Gardner-Webb University and Montreat College. She maintains an active local teaching studio in Rutherford County. As an educational component of the RCC, Lawrence performs free concerts throughout the year at area schools.

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The other musicians performing are Susan Blumberg (violin) from Charlotte, Scott Garrett (viola) from Rock Hill, Ryan Graebert (cello) and Molly Graebert (bassoon) from Winston-Salem, Simone Vigilante (mezzo-soprano) from Mars Hill and Thomas Gabriel Turner (piano) from Rutherford County. Selections by Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, and Schubert will be performed.

The program is free and open to the public. Funding is partially provided by the Grassroots Grant program of Rutherford County, part of the NC Arts Council. Holy Cross Episcopal Church is located at 150 Melrose Ave. in Tryon.

Submitted by Lori Walters