Elizabeth Byrum Linnartz, soprano; Timothy Holley, cello; Mary Hamilton, piano
The concert "Sunlight I Cannot See" combines music and poetry from diverse sources to weave a journey from desolation and lamentation to intimations of hope, healing, and change. Music by Anthony Kelley, Betty Roe, Zenobia Powell Perry, Tui St. George Tucker, Marvin Curtis, Mary K. Jackson, Schubert, Bach, and Bernstein.
Free admission. No tickets or reservations needed.
Elizabeth Byrum Linnartz, soprano, is a Lecturer in Voice at Duke University since 2004, currently serving as the coordinator of the Voice Area. She has taught a wide range of classes while at Duke including Vocal Diction, Opera & Broadway, and Interpretation & Performance. In addition to her work in the Music Department, she also taught for the Duke Divinity School a course on Music in Worship, served as a guest lecturer in the Linguistics course Language, Music, and Dementia, and presented recitals for Duke Departments of German Studies as well as Slavic & Eurasian Studies. Linnartz holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance and Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from UNC Greensboro School of Music and a B. A. in Music from Duke University.
Timothy Holley is Associate Professor of Music at North Carolina Central University. An alumnus of Baldwin Wallace University and the University of Michigan, he has collaborated with the Mallarmé Chamber Players and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra since 1997. Dr. Holley has given lectures on the aesthetic diversities of African-American concert music, as exemplified by the influence of the Negro spiritual on the cello music of African-American composers, the poetry of Langston Hughes and its influence on the music of Howard Swanson. He has made two cello transcriptions of works by William Grant Still and contributed encyclopedia entries on the Negro String Quartet and the Symphony of the New World. In 2013, he started an online Facebook group called "The African American Cello History Collective" and also maintains a companion blogsite titled "A View from the Scroll (www.viewedscroll.blogspot.com).
Mary Hamilton earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University in piano performance and a Masters Degree in piano performance from Auburn University. She accompanies the Duke Chorale, and previously accompanied the Carolina Choir/Chamber Singers and served as Director of Music at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Durham for 17 years.