SILVER CITY — The Good Shepherd Recital Series will present its first performance of the 2012-2013 season at 3 p.m. today at the church, on the corner of Seventh and Texas streets in historic downtown Silver City behind Western Stationers. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for early seating.
Variations of Three will feature Don McCracken on violin, Gail Rein on viola, and Patricia Prewit on piano. The trio will perform in various combinations of string duet, string solo and piano, and strings plus piano. A reception will follow the concert in the Parish Hall just off the sanctuary. The recital is free and open to the public with donations welcome. Handicapped parking is available along 7th street and off 6th street in the rear church parking lot.
The recital is titled "A Musical Journey." The first selections come from the Baroque period featuring Teleman and J.S. Bach, followed by the Romantic period, represented by Schubert, Fuchs, and Bruch. The final selection is Georges Migot's impressionistic set of pieces "On the banks of the Eure, Five watercolors."
McCracken started violin in the ninth grade, eventually becoming concertmaster of his high school orchestra. He also played with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony. After taking a break from the violin while an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University, he began playing again during graduate school, and played in the Carnegie Mellon Orchestra and the Westmoreland Symphony.
Prewit began piano lessons at the age of 8.
She holds a bachelor of music degree from Michigan State University and a master of arts in teaching degree from Western New Mexico University. Prewit has taught private piano lessons, accompanied choirs and music students at WNMU and throughout the community and taught special education in the public schools. Currently, she is a member of the Community Chamber Singers and continues to expand her classical music repertoire as an avid fan and participant in chamber music ensembles.
Rein started playing the violin at age 10. She performed her first string quartet, Beethoven Op. 18 No. 1, at age 13, playing the viola. That first chamber music experience hooked Gail for life, and she has been playing the viola ever since. A retired information systems designer, Rein has worked in academia, industry, and think-tank research labs. She moved to Silver City last October from Rochester, N.Y., and loves it here. Gail collects unusual chamber music works and enjoys sharing them with others who are adventuresome.
For more information, call Adele Giusto (575) 538-9532 home or cell (575) 654-0825.