D&E Recital Series opens

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College will open its spring Recital Series on Sunday with a concert by Nina Assimakopoulos on flute, Carol Beall on piano and mezzo-soprano Hope Koehler. The performance will begin at 2 p.m. in the Great Hall of Halliehurst.

Although admission is free and open to the public, it is recommended that tickets be reserved in advance online at www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment, by emailing BoxOffice@dewv.edu, or calling the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255. To make the afternoon more special, Graceland will offer a 10 percent discount on brunch for those who have ticket in hand.

The afternoon of impressionist music will include works of Debussy, Faure, Gaubert and Caplet.

Assimakopoulos is an internationally acclaimed flutist and Altus Performing Artist who has commissioned and premiered more than 83 works for flute and recorded four solo CDs. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, and has performed with the Munich City Opera, Bavarian Radio Symphony Academy Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra and Toledo Symphony Orchestra. She is a flute professor at West Virginia University and studied with Peter Lloyd and Paul Meisen.

Assimakopoulos will be accompanied by Beall, a nationally certified piano teacher and Community Music faculty member in Morgantown. She is an active collaborative artist, frequently performing with WVU faculty, students and guests.

In addition, Beall has performed as a soloist with Baylor University Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Memphis State Wind Ensemble, Fairmont Community-College Orchestra, Illinois Wesleyan Wind Ensemble and West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra.

Her CD recordings have been released by Cambria, West Virginia University Press, and most recently by Parma Records.

Vocals for the concert will be performed by Koehler, whose voice has been heralded as having “the richness of Marilyn Horne at the bottom and the clarion clarity of Leontyne Price at the top.” She is a regular performer and featured soloist with American Spiritual Ensemble, a group that performs throughout the world with a mission to keep the American Negro Spiritual alive and vibrant.

Koehler can be heard on the CDs “The Lily of the Valley,” “Swing Low,” “Sweet Chariot” and “The Spirit of the Holidays,” and the DVD “The Spirituals,” recorded with American Spiritual Ensemble. In June 2008, Albany Records released Koehler’s recording of John Jacob Niles songs titled “The Lass from the Low Countree,” performed with James Douglass on piano. Her second solo CD, “Lost Melodies,” also recorded with Douglass, was released in the summer of 2013.

For more information on other Davis & Elkins College arts and entertainment events, visit www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment.

For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.