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2007-2008 Secrest season to feature performances from Tf3 to L.A. Theatre Works

May 24, 2007

For more than five decades, Wake Forest University has been bringing performing artists of national and international reputation to the university and the community. The 2007-2008 season, which will begin in the fall, will feature five performances including a classical guitarist, a string trio, a theatrical radio drama, a world famous percussion soloist and an opera singer.

The season will open at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 with a concert by guitarist Jason Vieaux in Brendle Recital Hall. Vieaux is recognized as one of today’s top classical guitarists. An award-winning performer and recording artist, he performs solo, chamber and concerto appearances widely in the United States, Europe and the Far East. He is the youngest department head to serve as chair at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music.   

At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Time for Three (Tf3), a string trio, will perform in Brendle Recital Hall. Tf3 is comprised of three classically trained musicians in their late 20s:  violinists Zachary DePue and Nicolas Kendall, and bassist Ranaan Meyer.  The trio combines country/western and bluegrass styles, jazz and improvisation and classical style to perform unique works from Brahms to the Beatles. They have performed with many of the world’s preeminent conductors and orchestras and recorded two CDs as well as the soundtrack to the History Channel’s "Spanish-American War.”

"Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers,” a theatrical event by L.A. Theatre Works starring Stacey Keach, will be presented Jan. 17-18 as the third event in the series. Times will be announced at a later date. 

The docudrama is presented in the format of a live radio drama. It tells the story of The Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, a top secret study documenting the United States’ involvement in Vietnam, which tested the parameters of the First Amendment. In conjunction with this performance, other related activities will be held on campus. Details will be announced in the fall.

At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in Wait Chapel, Wake Forest will host “An Evening with Evelyn Glennie,” a collaborative partnership between the Secrest Series and the Winston-Salem Symphony featuring percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and the Winston-Salem Symphony.

For her services to music, Glennie was awarded Officer of the British Empire (OBE). Her title was extended in 2006 to Commander of the British Empire (CBE).  She is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a percussion soloist.  She is also a composer, teacher, author, political activist, motivational speaker and jewelry designer. She designs her jewelry based on her influences as a solo percussionist.

The partnership with the Winston-Salem Symphony will also offer two additional performances at the Stevens Center on Feb. 10 and 12.

The Secrest Series will conclude its season with a performance by Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, with guest soloist and soprano Jennifer Larmore, at 7:30 p.m. March 5 in Wait Chapel.

Founded in 1992 by Wake Forest graduate and Reynolds Scholar Jeannette Sorrell, Apollo’s Fire performs 17th- and 18th-century music on the period instruments for which it was written. The group has received critical acclaim internationally for its performances and recordings. Performances by the ensemble are frequently broad­cast on National Public Radio as well as BBC Radio, CBC/Radio-Canada and European Community Radio.

The concert will feature Larmore, who has performed in every major opera city in the world and was heard by millions when she sang the “Olympic Hymn” at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Secrest Artists Series performances are offered free of charge to Wake Forest students, faculty and staff.  Secrest season tickets are $100 and will be available through the Theatre Box Office in Scales Fine Arts Center in early August. Tickets to individual performances range in price from $18 to $25 for general admission; $13 to $18 for senior citizens and non-Wake Forest students; and $5 for children under 12. Group discounts are also available. 

Secrest Signatures, pre-concert lectures, are usually scheduled in conjunction with each event and begin 45 minutes before each concert. 

For ticket information, contact the Secrest Office at (336) 758-5757.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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