Music For Two Harpsichords To Provide One Night of Classics

Siloam Springs, Ark (February 23, 2001) — As part of its ongoing Lyceum Series, John Brown University is hosting another free-to-the-public concert on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Recital Hall.

Featured artists are harpsichordists Shawn Leopard and John Paul in their program Music for Two Harpsichords. These critically acclaimed musicians will provide a program consisting of pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and several of his sons, works from 17th and 18th-century France, England and Italy, and new arrangements of popular and familiar tunes by Haydn, Boccherini and Scott Joplin.

Using harpsichords crafted from the internationally renowned studio of Anden Houben, musicians Leopard and Paul produce a sound both rich and clear, doing equal justice to a Baroque Allegro, a Joplin Rag or a Tango by Albeniz. The Boston Globe wrote about the Duo's performance, "Heavenly sounds float down the hall, the Duo is playing Bach. The sound is round, velvety, vibrant…the players toss motifs easily back and forth, attracting the mesmerized crowd…for the latest in early sounds, go hear them before they drive home again."

Shawn Leopard and John Paul have made a special study of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach's sons. The skill and beauty of their playing and their informative involvement with audiences have earned this musical couple acclaim and enthusiasm wherever they have played. They have made a specialty of "informances" for school children of all ages, having completed residencies in school districts from Oklahoma to South Carolina.

Ms. Leopard received a BA degree in Foreign Languages from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MA in Musicology from Indiana University with special emphasis on early music performance. She currently teaches and performs in Jackson, Mississippi. Her role as soloist and consultant with St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral brought her in touch with her performance partner, John Paul.

John Paul grew up in the small West Country town of Lyme Regis, England. Self-taught until the age of 18, he has continually studied and performed pianoforte, organ and harpsichord. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and then immigrated to the United States in 1965 to assume the position he still holds as organist-choirmaster of St.Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

For more information, contact Nancy Netherton at John Brown University at (479) 524-7265.