JBU to Host Free Harpsichord Concert

Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 17, 2010) — The John Brown University Music Department welcomes acclaimed harpsichordists John Paul and Shawn Leopard as part of its Lyceum concert series. Paul and Leopard will give a free, public concert on Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Recital Hall on the campus of JBU. This will be the final Lyceum concert of the semester.

Paul and Leopard have been collaborating since 1996 to explore and perform music written for two harpsichords. They primarily focus on the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons, often transcribing music to make it suitable for their medium. They have toured in the Southeastern United States and recorded with Lyrichord Discs of New York City and Centaur Discs of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Their programs contain a variety of musical examples ranging from the late Renaissance to 19th-century Spanish music and 20th-Century popular music. Their concert at JBU will include works by a variety of composers including Bach and sons, Albéniz, Granados, and de Falla.

Paul has performance diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music, an honors degree from the University of London, and a doctoral degree from the University of Colorado. Since 1965, he has held the position of organist-choirmaster at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi.

Leopard has a master’s in Musicology from Indiana University with special emphasis in early music performance. She currently teaches and performs in Jackson, Mississippi and is a chorister, children’s choir director, and consultant at St. Andrew’s.

For more information on the upcoming Lyceum concert, please call 479-524-7154.

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