Missouri Western is co-sponsoring the Downtown Noontime Concert Series on Feb. 5 at 12:10 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church on 301 N. 7th street.
The interesting mix of music that will be performed is a fusion between classical and jazz called Crossover music. Noted pianist and wife of Western’s Provost, Victoria Bragin will be performing with several Missouri Western faculty members at the concert. Victoria was a first prize winner in the Van Cilburn International Piano Competition for outstanding amateurs. She is not only an accomplished musician, but was also a chemistry professor at Pasadena City College in California until 2002. She performed at a sold-out concert at the Marione & Gustave Ring Auditorium of Hirshhora Museum in Washington D.C. She was also featured by West Virginia public radio’s In Touch With the Arts and produced the first “Hantington Museum of Art Composers Festival,” just to name a few of her accomplishments.
Bragin noted she has played the piano since the age of eight.
“I was always interested in music; my parents didn’t force me, I always loved to play and practice piano,” Bragin said.
Also performing at the concert is Missouri Western’s bass instructor Craig Kew, Mark Elting, instructor of music and recording arts, and Richard Yeager, a woodwind specialist on flute. The selections chosen will feature work from Claude Bolling.
Missouri Western student, Jeremy Howe, thinks the concert will open new insights into music for the surrounding community and other students.
“I think it’s a good opportunity to see a different variety of music played that this demographic may not be entirely used to,” said Howe. “I think music is not just something to listen to, but something to learn from.”
Jerry Anderson is the Noontime Concert coordinator and is excited about the performance.
“It should be an exciting program for the people to here a different type of music that people have not heard before,” Anderson said.
The community is invited and encouraged to bring lunch and listen to the performance while eating. The performance will be around 35 minutes and a donation of $3 per person is suggested to maintain expense to help continue the series.
This performance brings two genres of music together creating a mixture that is both intriguing and new for students and the community alike to enjoy.