WILSON, N.C. —November 3, 2023 — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on campus.
Conductor and violinist Christopher Ellis will lead the Barton College/Wilson Symphony in what promises to be a delightful concert with Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite for Chamber Orchestra, which features the flute, clarinet, bassoon, piano, and strings. Also on the program will be W.A. Mozart’s Divertimento No. 3, K. 138, and Robert Fuch’s Serenade No.2.
“Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite is a perennial favorite despite the seasonal reference, and the audience will quickly recognize the familiar Shaker tune ‘Simple Gifts’ within this extraordinary composition,” shared Ellis.
Reserving seats in advance is preferred. Tickets for reserved seating are $15 per person or by season ticket. For additional information and to make reservations, contact Bonnie LoSchiavo at email@example.com or 252-399-6559.
About the Conductor —
Christopher Ellis began studying the violin at the age of 10 in a public-school classroom in his hometown of Farmville. His early private teachers include Dee Braxton-Pellegrino and Paul Topper. Ellis continued his study with Topper at East Carolina University, and he later earned a Master of Music degree at Florida State University. Ellis has been a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and the Tar River Orchestra, and he has performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. He has done solo performances with Beaufort County Community Orchestra, New Bern Civic Strings, and the Barton College / Wilson Symphony Orchestra. Ellis teaches privately in Wilson, Rocky Mount, Greenville, and Goldsboro, and he is a violin/viola instructor at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville.
Recently, he performed a recital at Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton College Campus that included Partita in E Major by Bach and Sonatas K.304 and K.526 for Piano and Violin by Mozart. Ellis has conducted the Beaufort County Community Orchestra since 2005 and has served as concertmaster with the Barton College / Wilson Symphony since 2002.