Holy Cross Episcopal Church to host Rutherford Chamber Consort

Published 12:25 pm Thursday, May 9, 2024

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TRYON—The Rutherford Chamber Consort will present Melody Walks in Royal Gardens on Sunday, June 2, at 3 p.m. at Holy Cross Episcopal Church.  

The RCC is a professional Chamber music ensemble founded 17 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 BM & MM degrees in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University.  

In the Carolinas, Mrs. Lawrence 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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Other musicians performing during the June concert are Brennan Szafron (piano), organist and music director at Holy Cross Episcopal, Scott Garrett (viola) from Rock Hill, SC, Jacqueline Hendricks (cello) from Columbia, SC, and Simone Vigilante (soprano) from Swannanoa, NC. The music will feature works of Beethoven, Faure, and Debussy.

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 Jonathan O. Trebilco