Concert: Bach, Beethoven & Brahms

Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Second Presbyterian Sanctuary, 4055 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN US 38111

On Friday, October 18, at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary, all are invited to a concert titled "Bach, Beethoven & Brahms: The 3 Bs of Classical Music" featuring Clayton Hancock (violin), Dawson Hull (piano) and Leander Star (horn). 


Clayton Hancock

Clayton Hancock, violinist, currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee and performs in concerts and recitals around the United States. As a 2019 YoungArts Winner, Clay participated in the Miami Regional Program performing chamber and solo works. Clay has had great success at local, national and international competitions, and during the summer of 2017 traveled to France and Germany to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto nine times while on tour as guest soloist with the International Youth Symphony Orchestra. Other competition successes have led to concerto performances and recitals with the Germantown Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Youth Symphony, Moscow Ballet, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, Ron Sachs International Competition, and The Beethoven Club.  In 2020, Clay will make his professional debut as soloist with the Memphis Symphony. Clay participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School during the summers of 2018 and 2019. While in attendance he performed in solo and chamber music recitals and participated in the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra (2018) and Aspen Festival Orchestra (2019). Previous summer festivals have included Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Interlochen Arts Camp, and The Meadowmount School of Music.

Dawson Hull

Dawson Hull is a pianist, composer, and conductor living in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore where he earned his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance. Prior to Peabody, he graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano and Theory/Composition. He has studied piano with Alice Adams Jackson, Betty Sue Shepherd, Thomas Hecht, Marian Hahn, Eric Zuber, and Cathal Breslin. Dawson has appeared as soloist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Delta Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Samford University Orchestra, Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, the Omulgee Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He was the 2003 recipient of the Betty H. Miller/Betty Sue Shepherd Scholarship at Samford University. He was also awarded a Graduate Assistantship in Music Theory at Peabody Conservatory and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Memphis in Aural Theory. Dawson is the Associate Pastor of Instrumental Worship Arts at Germantown Baptist Church where he leads the Conservatory of Music, orchestra, jazz band, and student choir. Previously, he was the Minister of Instrumental Music and Director of the School of the Arts at Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins, GA. He is finishing a doctorate degree in piano at the University of Memphis. Dawson and his wife, Taneea Hull, who is a clarinetist, have two children: daughter, Brylee, and son, Brayden.


Leander Star

Leander Star is the horn player with The City of Tomorrow, a wind quintet that won a gold medal at the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and a 2014 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant. The quintet was formed in 2010 and has since become known for their performances of virtuosic works, including the North American premiere of "Blow" by Franco Donatoni in 2010 and world premieres of works by Nat Evans (2014), and Hannah Lash (2016). Leander also holds positions with the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra and the Portland Opera Orchestra and teaches horn at the University of Mississippi at Oxford and Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. As well as his current work with the City of Tomorrow and orchestras in Portland, Oregon, Leander Star plays regularly with the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

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