Wake Forest announces 2006-2007 Secrest season

By Pam Barrett
April 5, 2006

In keeping with its mission of bringing renowned artists and diverse cultural arts events to Wake Forest University and the community, the Wake Forest Secrest Artists Series will offer five performances for the 2006-2007 season.

Emerson String Quartet

The season will open with the Emerson String Quartet, a group considered one of the top five string ensembles in the world, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in Brendle Recital Hall. The quartet features violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist David Finckel.

On Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m., French-Canadian pianist Marc Andre Hamelin will perform in Brendle Recital Hall. The International Piano Quarterly has described Hamelin as "one of the most adventurous and certainly the most courageous pianists of recent times." He has performed solo concerts across North America and Europe and has appeared numerous times with orchestras internationally. He is not only known for exploring the unfamiliar, but also his mastery and artistic interpretation of classic works.

The third concert in the series will highlight Brazilian and Latin music with the Sao Paolo Orchestra of Brazil at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Wait Chapel. In 2002, this orchestra made a successful coast-to-coast tour of the United States as well a tour in Europe.

For two nights, Feb. 22 and 23, Chinese artist Yin Mei will present "Nomad: The River," a unique blend of Chinese and Western dance, theater and music at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall. The performance tells a story inspired by the dual natures of China's Yellow River and India's Ganges River and will feature animation by Tennessee Dixon and ghostly dances that recount memories of the past and fantasies of the future.

The Secrest Artists Series will conclude with a concert by the renowned English choral ensemble The Tallis Scholars at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in Wait Chapel. Formed in 1973, the ensemble maintains a deep repertoire and is known for its world-class recordings and concerts. They are considered one of the leaders in Renaissance sacred music today.

Season tickets for the Secrest Artists Series 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 general admission and $13 to $18 for senior citizens and non-Wake Forest students. Tickets are $5 for children under 12. Group discounts are available. Tickets are available without charge to all Wake Forest students, faculty and staff. Pre-concert lectures are usually scheduled in conjunction with each event and begin 45 minutes before each concert.

For ticket information contact the Box Office at (336) 758-5295 or the Secrest Office at (336) 758-5757.