Prizewinning Guitarist to Perform in Romney Oct. 15
Friday, October 15 the Hampshire County Arts Council will proudly
present at 7:30 PM an evening of classical music featuring one
of America's up-and-coming guitarists, Randall Avers, and the
trio of Hilary and Tristan Hott with Dottie Eddis. The concert
will take place at the WV School for the Deaf Multipurpose Room,
a handicapped-accessible facility.
Admission for the concert will be $7 ($5 for HCAC members) for
adults, under 17 free. This concert is sponsored by The First
National Bank of Romney and partially supported by a grant from
Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and
funded by the Vira I Heinz Endowment; the William Penn Foundation,
the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the
Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by the Mid-Atlantic Arts
When classical guitarist Randall Avers captured second prize
in the Guitar Foundation of America's International Competition
at the age of 17, he earned recognition as one of America's up-and-coming
guitarists. Since then, he has won seven additional international
performance awards from competitions including le Concours Internationale
de Guitare Rene Bartoli, the GOLD Competition, and the Yamaha
Music France Competition.
As a performer and instructor, Avers has appeared in festivals
and concert halls throughout North America and Europe. In 1998,
he toured North Africa and Egypt as an Artistic Ambassador of
the United States, lecturing and performing music by American
Avers' performances have received many kudos:
"Randall Avers is one of the most impressive artist I've
come across in the last few years."
--Sergio Assad, 2002 Latin Grammy winner
"Avers plays with enthusiasm and power backed by outstanding
--David Russell, Telarc recording artist
"A brilliant artist... his musicianship is thoughtful, intensely
expressive and profoundly beautiful."
-- Karl Wohlwend, artistic director, Georgia Guitar Society
Away from the concert stage, Avers actively arranges and composes
music for guitar. His cycle of guitar duets, Twelve Silly Songs
for Twelve Silly Strings (co-authored by Rami Vamos) receive praise
by critics and audiences and are heard in performance by the internationally
acclaimed Newman-Oltman Duo. Current projects include a collection
of transcriptions by Spanish piano composers Federico Mompou and
Avers is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory (BM) and the
University of Arizona (MM). As a post-graduate, he attended the
Conservatoire Nationale Supériere de Musique et de Danse
in Paris (CNSMDP) later becoming the first American to receive
a première prix in both guitar and chamber music. In addition,
he studied at the North Carolina School for the Arts, the University
of Akron, and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
Avers is the recipient of a Theodore Presser Award and the Harriet
Hale Woolley Scholarship.
While in Romney Avers will visit the guitar classes at Hampshire
High School to introduce students to some different guitar repertoire
from what they commonly hear in the area.
Opening the concert will be local classical musicians whose development
many in the community have watched with great interest: Hollyhock
Trio is made up of Hilary and Tristan Hott and Dottie Eddis, who
will play Beethoven's "Trio in C Major Opus 87" on violin
Hott began study on the violin at four years of age with Christine
Spinelli Mallery through the Community Arts Program at Shenandoah
University. She has attended Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp for the past
four summers and Music at Port Milford for the last three summers
where she most recently studied with members of the Toronto Symphony
and the resident string quartet at The Juilliard School. Hilary
is a junior at Mary Baldwin College where she is an honors scholar,
participates in the Relay for Life, plays in the Waynesboro Community
Orchestra, and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta. She currently
studies violin with Susan Black and Lisa Cridge.
Tristan Hott also began music lessons at the age of four with
Christine Mallery and chose the cello as his instrument. For several
years he studied with Clare Cooper in Frostburg and now studies
with Lisa Liske-Doorandish in Blacksburg. Tristan has attended
Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp for the past four summers. He was a performer
in the Younger Artists Concert in Cumberland, has played several
times for the Cumberland Music and Arts Club, and is a member
of the Allegany Community Symphony Orchestra. Tristan is a home-schooled
eighth grader, enjoys theatre, and plays and referees AYSO soccer.
Dottie Eddis, also a cellist, took up the instrument during a
summer string music program at her elementary school. She studied
with the late J. Paul Nuse of Warrington, PA, for seven years
until she attended West Virginia University, where she obtained
a B.S. in Wildlife Biology. Enjoying music only as a hobby, Dottie
performed with the Colonial Consort for many years and now plays
in the Allegany Community Symphony Orchestra. She is active in
several community service organizations including AYSO Soccer,
the Humane Society of Hampshire County, and the Cacapon and Lost
Rivers Land Trust.
The Hampshire County Arts Council welcomes all to its events.
If special accommodations are required, please call 304-496-8002
as far in advance of the event of interest as possible.
The Arts Council's next performance will be a coffeehouse event
featuring singer/songwriter Maralyn Lovell from Memphis along
with local performer Larry
Brown on Saturday, November 2, 8 PM at The Bottling Works.
For information on this and other Hampshire County Arts Council
activities, visit www.HampshireArts.org .