WAVERLY — Pianist Dr. Roosevelt Newson will perform on Friday, Oct. 16 at the Waverly Community House (Comm), 1115 N. Abington Road.
The Louisiana-born musician became the 14th recipient of the Comm’s distinguished F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship in 1978. After studying at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the Juilliard School in New York City, Newson went on to receive his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge.
Newson has performed as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic and the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic and has an equally impressive list of solo performances in internationally recognized centers such as Diligentia Hall in The Hague, The Mozarteum in Salzburg, Wigmore Hall in London, Town Hall in New York City and The Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
His academic career includes appointments as Dean of the College of Fine Arts and a Professor of Music at Illinois State University, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of North Alabama, Provost at Bowie State University and most recently as an Endowed Professor of Music and Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Elizabeth City University in North Carolina.
The concert will feature Schumann’s Carnaval, Op.9, written in 1834-1835 consisting of 21 short pieces representing masked revelers at Carnival, a festival prior to Lent. Guests are encouraged to come in costume.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $8 for students and are available at the Comm office or online at waverlycomm.org.
The concert will be followed with light refreshments in the lobby.
The evening of music is sponsored in part by the F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship and a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.