Gardner-Webb to Host Distinguished Artist Concert Featuring Accomplished Trombone Player

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The School of Performing and Visual Arts Welcomes Michael Kris for Nov. 19 Performance

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb University’s School of Performing and Visual Arts presents a Distinguished Artist Concert with Michael Kris, trombone player-soloist and clinician, on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. in Blanton Auditorium, located in Hamrick Hall.  The concert is free and open to the public with a free will offering being accepted in support of the music program.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio and Dallas, Texas, Kris serves on the faculty of the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) where he teaches low brass and chamber music.  He also serves as an adjunct professor of music at Duke University, located in Durham, N.C., and spends his summers teaching at the prestigious Eastern Music Festival.  As a performer, Kris has held the position of both principal and second trombone with the North Carolina Symphony and currently serves as second trombone with the Eastern Music Festival Philharmonic and bass trombone with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra.

Kris has also been sought after on the international scene and was recently featured as a guest artist at Universität Mozarteum in Austria and the Rostock Hochschule für Musik in northern Germany.

Staff accompanist Pamela Smithey of the GWU School of Performing and Visual Arts (music division) will accompany Kris during his performance on the piano.

More information about the School of Performing and Visual Arts – music division is available at 704-406-4453.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).