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Ouachita to host cellist Christopher Adkins on Nov. 9 as part of Guest Artist Series

McBeth Recital Hall at Ouachita Baptist UniversityOctober 27, 2021 - Felley Lawson

Ouachita will host cellist Christopher Adkins in concert Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall. Adkins’ performance is part of Ouachita’s Guest Artist Series and is funded through a gift from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Principal Chair Endowment Program. The recital is free and open to the public; masks are required inside the auditorium due to COVID-19.

Cellist Christopher Adkins

Christopher Adkins

Adkins held positions with the Milwaukee, Denver and New Haven symphonies before joining the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as principal cellist and Fannie & Stephen S. Kahn Chair. As the longtime cellist and conductor of contemporary music group Voices of Change, Adkins was nominated for a Grammy award for the group’s “Voces Americanas.” He serves as an adjunct professor of cello in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

“We are so excited to have one of the leading cellists in our nation on campus to perform for our students and patrons,” said Dr. Gary Gerber, dean of Ouachita’s School of Fine Arts. “The Guest Artist Series is a wonderful program bringing world class artists such as Christopher Adkins to our campus. His recital should inspire our students and give them insight into the level of performance of this class of musician.”

Adkins will begin his program with Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Pastorale in F major, BWV 590” followed by “Prelude,” “Allemande,” “Courante,” “Sarabande,” “Boureé I & II” and “Gigue” from Suite No. 3 in C Major for Cello Solo, BWV 1009. He’ll conclude the first half of his program with “Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

The theme for the remainder of Adkins’ recital is “Once Upon a Time …” and will include performances of “Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant” from Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel; “Songs My Mother Taught Me” by Antonin Dvořák, arranged by Fritz Kreisler; “Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck; “Cinderella’s Stepsisters” from Cendrillon by Jules Massenet; “A Frog He Went a-Courting” by Paul Hindemith; and “Melodie” from Orfeo by Christoph Gluck.

Adkins will close the recital with “The Fairy Garden” from Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. Throughout the program, he will be accompanied on piano by Kristen La Madrid, Ouachita staff accompanist.

Audience members are invited to meet Adkins during a reception in Hammons Gallery following the concert.

For more information, contact Ouachita’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.