The Muldoon Memorial Concert Series was established in 1990 by the Muldoon Family in memory of long-time choir members Ken and Hulda Muldoon. The series offers five concerts during the church year, and remains free and open to the public, thanks in part to an Endowment Fund. (Learn more about contributing to the Fund.)
John Bullard, Classical Banjo
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Over the course of his performing and recording career, John Bullard has invited audiences to share in a transformative revelation: to experience the artistic marriage of banjo and classical music. With qualities evocative of harpsichord and lute, the banjo makes a natural place for itself, in particular, within the works of Bach and other composers of the Baroque—and Bullard has established a strong repertoire in the music of that period. Yet he continues as well to expand the banjo’s classical reach, with a growing focus on new commissioned work. As a classically trained musician, and the first graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music to earn a degree in performance with the banjo, Bullard understands that accepting the banjo into the classical fold is a challenging proposition for traditionalists. Bullard has toured and performed throughout the United States. His recordings have been featured in films including the Dreamworks movie Rise of the Guardians, and the award-winning Turkish-German drama, The Edge of Heaven.
This performance is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Russell Weismann, Organist
February 23, 2020 • 4:00pm
Equally accomplished as both organist and scholar, Russell Weismann is an emerging young artist whose achievements in performance and academic spheres have earned him international acclaim among audiences and intellectuals alike. Russell holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from George Mason University, Master of Music degree from Yale University and the Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Duquesne University. As an organist, Russell has performed recitals across the United States, as well as in Europe, Central America, and Africa. Russell has been featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams radio program, and was among a select few number of organists chosen to play a dedicatory recital on the Rubenstein organ at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts during its inaugural year.
Jokubaviciute-Slack Duo, Classical Chamber Music
January 19, 2020 • 4:00pm
Upon recent appointments to the Virginia music scene, pianist and Shenandoah Conservatory professor Ieva Jokubaviciute and Richmond Symphony cellist Schuyler Slack joined forces in 2016 to bring world-class chamber music to their new home state. Between them, these artists have been praised as “excellent” (Washington Post), “an artist of commanding technique, refined temperament and persuasive insight” (The New York Times), and possessing “razor-sharp intelligence and wit” (Washington Post). They hold degrees from some of the nation’s top conservatories and have performed with distinguished musicians in some of the world’s elite concert halls. They will present a recital exploring the wide range of classic and contemporary repertoire for cello and piano.
This performance was partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.