WILSON, N.C. —October 30, 2019 — Acclaimed French horn soloist Grace Salyards will return to Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra for its annual Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on campus. The orchestra, conducted by music director Mark N. Peterson, will feature Salyards performing Mozart’s humorously brilliant Horn Concerto No. 3.
“For two years, Grace served as an extraordinary principal horn player for the Barton College/Wilson Symphony, but, sadly, she has relocated to Pennsylvania,” shared Peterson. “We are fortunate to have her return to Barton this fall as a guest artist,” said Peterson. “Since Mozart wrote this concerto for his close friend, the music overflows with wit and charm, and Grace is the perfect player for this masterpiece.”
Prior to her departure from this region, Salyards was an active freelance musician in and around the Raleigh area, where she was a frequent performer with the North Carolina Symphony, Charleston Symphony and North Carolina Opera. As the horn instructor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she played with the faculty woodwind and brass quintets. Salyards, who studied with horn players and pedagogues Lisa Bontrager, Peter Kurau, Andrew Bain, David Wakefield, and Jennifer Burch, received her bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and her master’s degree from Penn State University, both in horn performance. Salyards was recently featured in MSR Classic’s “Abide With Me” recording for horns, piano, and soprano.
The orchestra will also perform Mozart’s groundbreaking “Symphony No. 25 in G Minor,” and the beautiful “Serenade for Strings” by Sir Edward Elgar.
Admission for the fall orchestra performance will be $10 at the door or by season ticket. All students within the community will be admitted free of charge as well as faculty, staff, and students of Barton College. For additional information, please contact Mark Peterson at 252-399-6535. or firstname.lastname@example.org.