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King University News :: Pianist Lynne Mackey to Perform Concert at King College

Pianist Lynne Mackey will perform at King College in the Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 8 p.m.  Mackey has performed in solo and chamber music settings in the United States, Europe and Africa, and also currently tours as an artist for the Virginia Commission of the Arts.

We are thrilled to have Lynne Mackey give a performance at King, said Pat Flannagan, professor of music and director of choral activities at King College.  Her performance will include classical selections from Nicolai Medtner, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Winner of both the William C. Byrd and Grand Rapids symphony competitions, Mackey has appeared with the Grand Rapids and Flint Symphonies in Michigan, as well as with the Lynchburg Symphony and other orchestras in Virginia.  Her most recent performances include three guest appearances as concerto soloist, with a repertoire by Beethoven, Chopin, and J.S. Bach.  For the past several seasons, she has been a frequent performer in the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, both as soloist and chamber musician.

Mackey was the first performing artist to be awarded an Appalachian College Association Fellowship for a one-year residency at the University of Virginia in the field of contemporary music.  She has worked with several composers, including George Crumb, Samuel Adler and Joan Tower.  Mackey has appeared at Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City, the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and in the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Rotterdam.  Her performances of new works for piano include three New York premiers.

Ms. Mackey is active as a workshop clinician and adjudicator in regional and national music organizations, and most recently presented a piano lecture recital at the 2011 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. She is also Virginia State chair of the MTNA Young Artist Solo and Chamber Music Competition.

Mackey performs in the Gee-Mackey Duo (cello/piano).  The Duo was formed in 2004 and since that time has traveled widely.  In 2008, the Duo traveled to Spain and Morocco where they presented two new works of American composers Dr. Timothy Mainland and Dr. Craig Naylor.  The Duo's performances were heard on R.S.A.F.M., the English language radio program of the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain.  Most recently, they have recorded a CD and performed concerts for the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Series and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Musicale Series.  In addition, Dr. Mackey has performed with the chamber ensemble Musica Harmonia and has traveled with the ensemble to Northeastern Brazil for a residency of concerts and master classes, and also to Portland to perform at the National College Music Society Conference.

Dr. Mackey holds degrees from Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School and the University of Michigan. She is currently associate professor at Eastern Mennonite University, and director of the Virginia Baroque Performance Academy.

The concert is free and open to the public.  For additional information, contact Pat Flannagan at 423.652.4846 or wpflanna@king.edu.