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A harmonic convergence of Pipes and Keys

Piedmont faculty couple will perform ProMusica concert Sunday

POSTED: March 24, 2011 12:30 a.m.
TOM REED /The Times

Leslie Bassett, center, and Phillip Hayner play one of Bassett's compositions while Joy Hayner looks on at First Presbyterian Church. The Hayners will perform Pipes and Keys, part of the ProMusica Concert Series, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

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It's not every day that musicians get to perform with their significant other, as well as play a piece tailored specifically to their talents.

Sunday, Phillip and Joy Hayner get to do both.

The duo, both Piedmont College faculty members, will perform Pipes and Keys at First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville as a part of the ProMusica Concert Series.

"This concert continues the long tradition of ProMusica bringing the best in musical performances to Gainesville," said Michael Henry, ProMusica vice president.

"(Phillip Hayner) will be on the piano and (Joy Hayner) will be on the organ. They will be playing a piece (‘Hammered Strings and Whistling Pipes') written especially for them by Dr. Leslie Bassett."

Basset is a past recipient of the Prixe de Rome, which is the equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize in the music world, Henry says.

In addition to their personalized piece, the couple will be performing J.S. Bach's "Fantasy in G Minor" and Maurice Ravel's "Une Barque Sur L'Ocean."

The Pipes and Keys concert will not only give attendees an opportunity to hear great music, they'll also be able to learn more about Good News at Noon Clinic.

"In recent times, we have broadened our mission to not only bring excellent, Carnegie Hall-level performers to Gainesville, but to also include some humanitarian support for our community," Henry said.

"We have partnered with various agencies that are trying to assist people with basic human needs. For this concert, a representative from Good News will be available to tell people more about what they do."

Tickets are $20 for adults, on sale at the door. They also are sold in advance.

Since ProMusica endeavors to help support music education opportunities for students, they are admitted for free.

The ProMusica series started in 1951 as The Gainesville Arts Series. Since that time, the organization has arranged for three, professional-level performances each year. They have also held a number of performances in school settings, specifically for students.

"We try to function on three levels — bringing in excellent concert music for the public, supporting music in schools and providing outreach in terms of humanitarian-focused groups in the community," Henry said.

"We couldn't do it without the support of individuals and organizations in the area who keep us going. At the present time, grant money has all but dried up for most all areas of the arts. That leaves us to operate on a shoestring (budget), but we're happy to be able to continue to do what we're doing."

 



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