Pianist, tenor to perform in church's concert series

March 13, 2003

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will present pianist Michael Adcock and tenor Byron Jones in their second performance in the UUCC Concert Series at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The duo will perform works by Copland, Barber, Benjamin, Rorem, Ives and Carter.

A native of Virginia, Adcock earned his bachelor's degree at North Carolina School of the Arts and continued his education at Oberlin College Conservatory.

He has received numerous prizes from competitions in Chicago and New York. Adcock made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in December 1998 after becoming the only piano finalist in the 1995-1996 Concert Artists Guild Competition.

Interested in lecturing on the music he performs, Adcock frequently presents preconcert discussions.

He recently completed a doctorate of musical arts at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and maintains an active performance schedule in addition to being a faculty member of Washington Conservatory of Music.

Jones has performed at the Kennedy Center and the National Shrine, and with the Baltimore Opera, the Washington Opera and the Washington Concert Opera.

He can be heard on compact disc singing a premiere of Washington-area composer James Bingham's Requiem, released on the Ethereal label.

Also committed to opera education, he has visited Washington- and Baltimore-area schools as an outreach artist.

He was on the faculty at the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University for two years and now teaches an applied voice, diction and opera workshop at Shenandoah Conservatory.

Jones earned degrees in opera performance and French language and literature, and is pursuing a doctoral degree in vocal performance at Shenandoah. He has lived and taught in France, and enjoys performing French popular songs.

The concert will be held at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Tickets are $12 in advance; $10 for students; and $14 at the door. Patron tickets, which support the program, are $25. 401-381-0097.

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