Lakeside Civic Chorus announces concert pianist, Eldred Marshall, will perform Handels Messiah this Saturday night in the First Annual Rockwall Messiah Sing-a-Long. Russ Porter, of The Rockwall School of Music, is responsible for Marshalls participation. “Attracting an artist of Eldreds stature is remarkable in this inaugural effort in Rockwall,” said Porter.
Eldred Marshall began his piano studies at six, and began playing in public at seven. By 16, he debuted with orchestra, playing Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto. Before entering into Yale University, where he graduated with honors, he had already played all over the United States.
The critically acclaimed artist has performed internationally: Spain, Italy, the Republic of San Marino, Belgium and the Ukraine. He has performed the entire cycle of 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven in public, from memory, as a concentrated series, twice: once in Portland in 2007 and in San Francisco in 2008. He followed that project with a full West Coast (US) tour of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 2008 and 2009.
In the 2009 – 2010 Season, Marshall, who studied conducting as a child, added orchestral conducting and performances to his active performing itinerary. He made his orchestral conducting debut in two Mozart piano concerti with members of the Southern Methodist University Meadows Symphony Orchestra. Recently, he made a highly acclaimed debut as pianist and conductor with the Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra, which has invited him to serve as its Principal Guest Conductor.
Currently, Marshall is working towards his MM in Piano Performance at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University on a full merit scholarship as a student of Dr. Carol Leone. He also studies organ at Southern Methodist University with Dr. Larry Palmer and is the organist of Dallas New Life Seventh Day Adventist Church and Fellowship United Methodist Church of Trophy Club.
Rockwall Messiah Sing-a-Long
On Saturday, December 6, Lakeside Civic Chorus will host the inaugural Rockwall Messiah Sing-a-Long at the First United Methodist Church, where the audience will serve as the chorus in the performance of Handel’s masterpiece, “Messiah.”
The audience, seated according to voice range, will sing the choral part of the piece. The performance will be led by an orchestra comprised of volunteer musicians, four to eight soloists, and guest conductors from the area. Dr. William Witwer, director of Lakeside Civic Chorus, will serve as lead conductor of the performance, and Lakeside Civic Chorus members will serve as core musicians within the chorus.