Coker Music Ensemble to Present “Child’s Play”

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Oct. 6, 2011 – Coker College will present “Child's Play: An Evening of Song” on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center.

The ensemble includes Serena Hill, soprano, Jami Rhodes, mezzo-soprano, Jaeyoon Kim, tenor, Michael Laroche, baritone, Thomas Fitzgerald, saxophone, and Jun Matsuo, piano. The concert is free and open to the public.

"The program revolves around children's stories and literature, as well as poetry written by children. There will also be projections of children's artwork and illustrations. It will feature the 'Nonsense Songs' a quartet composed by Liza Lehmann using the songs from Lewis Carroll's Alice and Wonderland,” explained Assistant Professor of Music Hill.  “We are also featuring Lori Laitman's ‘I never saw another butterfly’ for soprano and saxophone with poetry written by children interred at the Terezin Concentration Camp during World War II."

At Coker, Hill teaches applied voice, diction and vocal pedagogy.  Her international recital engagements include performances in Italy and Spain.

Kim is an assistant professor of music at University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he coordinates vocal studies and directs the university’s Pembroke Singers. Last summer he performed the tenor solo of Verdi's Requiem with Dohnanyi orchestra at the northern cities in Italy, hosted by Varna International.

Rhodes is an assistant professor of voice at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.  She has sung with, among others, the Des Moines Metro Opera, Nashville, Opera, Lake George Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, the Ohio Light Opera, the Greenville Chorla Society, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Symphony.

LaRoche is a faculty member at East Carolina University and is pursuing a D.M.A. degree in vocal performance at the University of South Carolina under the direction of Walter Cuttino. LaRoche made his international debut with the Regional Choir of Guadeloupe and the Cuban National Symphony under the baton of Tido Dejan during a six-concert tour of the French Territorial Island of Guadeloupe.

Fitzgerald serves as the assistant director of music at Sandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., and performs with the Carolina Wind Symphony.

Matsuo is an assistant professor of music at Coker. She has appeared as a guest pianist in New York, Maine, Florida and South Carolina. Her overseas activities include a recital and lecture at the Universitii Sains Malaysia in Penang as well as being one of the selected performers at the French Piano Institute in Paris for master classes with Dominique Merlet, Pascal Devoyon, Noel Lee, and Roy Howat.



Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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