HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Paul V. Hamilton School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will present L+M duo in concert in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center in the Duke Hall of Citizenship on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The performance is free and open to the public.
The L+M duo is a new chamber music ensemble comprised of Laurel Black and Marianne Parker. The ensemble commissions, premieres and re-imagines art music for a unique pairing of marimba and piano. Black is featured on marimba while Parker plays the piano. The performance at LMU will include works by Alejandro Vinao, Julie Spencer, William Grant Still and Karlheinz Stockhausen. The pair will also premiere a new work by Rusty Banks.
Black is a percussionist and collaborative pianist. She is published in Rhythm! Scene and abroad. Her blog, Laurel Black Music, has over 27,000 reads. Black has served as an adjunct professor and staff accompanist at Concord University in West Virginia. She was praised for her performance at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival in 2011, where she was invited to perform as a showcase artist. She endorses sticks and mallets by Innovative Percussion and instruments by Majestic.
Parker is the principal pianist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, studying under Mary Sauer. She is an active collaborative pianist, performing solo recitals for virtually every instrument, as well as chamber ensembles, orchestras and wind ensembles. She holds an undergraduate teaching degree from Missouri State University and a masters of music in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Tennessee. Parker teaches at the New Music School in Chicago and is the music director at the Second Unitarian Church of Chicago.