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King University to Host Des Amis Chamber Music Ensemble

September 26, 2018

BRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 26, 2018 — King University will host the Des Amis Chamber Music Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Memorial Chapel on the main campus. This event is open to the public and free-of-charge.

“We are delighted to welcome the Des Amis Chamber Music Ensemble to King University,” said W. Patrick Flannagan, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of music and director of choral activities at King. “Their debut performance at the 2018 Virginia Highlands Festival was well received and will be featured in the 2018-19 Tusculum University Acts, Arts, Academia Series. We look forward to hearing them perform the classic works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Bill Douglas, Jean Sibelius, and Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as the work of local composer Evelyn Pursley-Kopitzke.”

A recently formed ensemble, Des Amis is comprised of Eugene Jones, clarinetist, Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cellist, and Wayne Johnson, pianist. The trio’s performance will feature “Pleiades,” a single-movement work made popular by Pursley-Kopitzke, a composer of chamber ensembles, art songs, choral, and orchestral music who is a native Tanzanian and now resides in Blountville, Tennessee.

Pursley-Kopitzke was originally commissioned by Jones to compose the work as a benefit for the American Cancer Society. The work, a duet for clarinet and euphonium with a piano accompaniment, is based on the legend of the Seven Sisters of Greek mythology, represented by the constellation of the Pleiades.

For more information, contact Flannagan at or (423) 652-4846.

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