Terra Voce, a unique duo comprised of cellist Andrew Gabbert and flutist Elizabeth Brightbill, will perform at the Randolph County Community Arts Center Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m.
The duo is known for their virtuosity, conversational style of presentation, and genre-expanding programs. During their performances they explore diverse musical styles, traditions and cross-cultural influences, while at the same time testing the limits of what is possible on just two instruments.
In addition to their numerous performances on college campuses and community concert series, Gabbert and Brightbill have appeared on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, in the Christ Chapel Chamber Series at New York City's Riverside Church, and as finalists in the National Flute Association's Chamber Music Competition. Together with three other flute and cello duos, Terra Voce has formed a commissioning circle and premiered the consortium's first commission, "Dviraag," by Asha Srinivasan in 2009.
Prior to moving to the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, the musicians lived in Tulsa, Okla., where they performed with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. Brightbill held the position of principal flute with that orchestra and has performed with a number of other orchestras across the country, including the Alabama Symphony, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Britt and OK Mozart Festival orchestras.
Brightbill's artistic pursuits with Terra Voce also have a local connection as she often performs traditional and multi-cultural musical styles on a copy of a 19th century Rudall & Rose flute made by John Gallagher of Elkins. She holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and currently teaches at Longwood University, Mary Baldwin College, Eastern Mennonite University and St. Anne's-Belfield School.
Gabbert held titled positions with the Tulsa Philharmonic and Opera orchestras for 11 years. He has also performed as soloist with the Tulsa Philharmonic and the National Repertory Orchestra, and has recorded on Centaur Records as the principal cellist of the Chorus Civitas Orchestra. He has previously been a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra and Terre Haute Symphony. Summer festival appearances have included the Wintergreen (Va.), Britt (Ore.) and Sunriver (Ore.) festivals, the Texas Festival-Institute at Round Top (Texas), and OK Mozart (Okla.) with the Solisti New York Orchestra. He currently teaches at Randolph College, Sweet Briar College, and maintains a private studio in Crozet, Va.
If you go
What:?Terra Voce performance
When: 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10
Where: Randolph County Community Arts Center
Tickets for the Terra Voce concert are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the RCCAC office by phone at (304) 637-2355, with credit or debit card, or at the door while they last. Doors will open thirty minutes before show time.
Sponsors for the Family Concert Series and the Evening Concert Series, as well as the RCCAC Outreach Program, include Allegheny Insurance, Davis Health Systems, Family Dental Practice, FirstEnergy Foundation, Graceland Inn and Conference Center, The Inter-Mountain Newspaper, WDNE Radio/WV Radio Corp, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour/PennPAT, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, West Virginia Culture and History/West Virginia Commission on the Arts and several anonymous donors. Individuals or businesses may sponsor the concert series, which provides year-round exposure throughout the community via posters, press releases and advertisements. Any businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring any events should call the RCCAC office at 637-2355 or log on to www.randolpharts.org for more information.
The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a non-profit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and the surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins. The Arts Center is supported by private donations as well as the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Call the RCCAC office at 304-637-2355 or visit www.randolpharts.org for information on its arts education classes, exhibits, concert series, and children's concert series. The Arts Center is committed to providing accessibility to individuals with disabilities. If you are in need of an accommodation, please contact the office in advance.