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ASU Lyceum events slated for Albany

Gareth Johnson, accomplished violinist and distinguished guest lecturer at Albany State University, will perform in recital Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Albany Museum of Art. The performance is free of charge and is presented as a part of the T. Marshall Jones Lyceum performances.

Gareth Johnson, accomplished violinist and distinguished guest lecturer at Albany State University, will perform in recital Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Albany Museum of Art. The performance is free of charge and is presented as a part of the T. Marshall Jones Lyceum performances.

ALBANY — Performances of widely differing artists will be presented as a part of Albany State University’s upcoming T. Marshall Jones Lyceum performances, said Leroy E. Bynum Jr., dean, College of Arts and Humanities Wednesday.

According to Bynum, accomplished violinist, Gareth Johnson will appear in recital at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Albany Museum of Art. Johnson will be accompanied by pianist and ASU faculty member Mimi Noda.

“We’re very fortunate to have Gareth on our faculty at ASU as our Distinguished Guest Lecturer for 2011-2012,” Bynum said. “This past year, Gareth has generously shared his time and considerable talent with ASU’s aspiring string majors and he has taken his remarkable playing all over the Southwest Georgia area, performing at schools and churches and for civic events.”

Bynum said that Johnson is considered one of the world’s leading young violinists, having won both the junior and senior divisions of the prestigious International Sphinx Competition in Detroit. Johnson has been featured on every continent both in solo recitals and as soloist with the world’s most famous symphonies. The Gareth Johnson recital is free, Bynum said.

At a separate appearance, the popular Argentinean folk band, Vientos del Pueblo will perform at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. According to Bynum, the four-member group delivers a musical style “which represents a fusion of cultures and rhythms combining African, European, North and South American indigenous roots.”

“The music of Vientos del Pueblo is an experience not to be missed,” Bynum said.

According to Bynum, the works of the musical group are performed on instruments including the quena, charango, guitars and authentic percussion. Bynum said that he and the ASU Concert Chorale under the direction of Marcia Hood will Join Vientos del Pueblo for the evening finale, the Misa Criolla, by Ariel Ramirez. There is no admission charge, Bynum said.

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