2017-08-09 / School News

Marte and Williams offer free concert titled Bach and Beyond August 13


Alexander Marte Alexander Marte Bach and Beyond is a free concert of classical music on Sunday, August 13 at 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church.

This program of Chamber Music features Alexander Marte on violin, Walker Williams on oboe and Dr. Daniel Lau on piano.

Marte created this concert “to honor my long-time friend and musician Lydia Walker who did so much to encourage me in my music as a youngster and young adult.” On the program will be a Concerto for Oboe and Violin by J.S. Bach, Appalachian Sketchbook by Walker Williams and works by Beethoven and Dvorak.

Marte has been playing violin in the Berkeley Springs area for the last 12 years. He began studies under Dr. Linda Whitesitt at the age of eight. He first performed with the New England Youth Ensemble, based in Washington D.C., in February, 2013 at the age of 15. Shortly after this he joined the NEYE as a regular member.

He is currently studying under the direction of Dr. Preston Hawes, ARTC, AD, DMA, Washington Adventist University, professor of music, head of strings and orchestral studies and New England Symphonic Ensemble, artistic director. He is in his fifth year playing in the New England Youth Ensemble which is the university orchestra for Washington Adventist University where he is a student.


Walker Williams Walker Williams Williams is a young composer and oboist from Berkeley Springs with a passion for writing music for the human voice, especially sacred choral music. He graduated summa cum laude from Shepherd University with a BA in music composition, and is currently pursuing his Master of Music in composition at the University of British Columbia under the instruction of Dr. Stephen Chatman.

Walker’s compositions have been performed at events including the U.S. National Saxophone Symposium and the Alba International Music Festival in Alba, Italy.

In addition to composing and playing, Walker is a bass-baritone and has served as a section leader in numerous choirs and instrumental ensembles. He has also performed at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

Joining the two local musicians on piano is Dr. Lau chair of the Virginia Gene Rittenhouse School of Music at Washington Adventist University. Lau holds a D.M.A (Piano Performance) and a Masters of Music from Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Lau received notices for both his solo and chamber performances. The Washington Post praised his "exemplary artistry;" the Baltimore Sun noted "Lau's beautifully shaded playing;" the Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA) lauded his "flair, great technical proficiency and expressiveness;" and La Liberté (Fribourg, Switzerland) cited "playful nuances, translucent phrasing and miraculous sonorities."

He has appeared in recitals and with orchestras throughout North America and Europe. He collaborates frequently with singers internationally and is a sought-after chamber musician. With soprano Sabrina Coleman Clark, he has performed a multimedia show, "Marian Anderson - A Legacy of Hope," to thousands of school children. He is a founding member of the Ravel Trio praised recently by the Swiss Journal du Jura, "Splendid interpretation, vigorous and nuanced playing.”

The concert will be held at the Berkeley Springs Presbyterian Church, 97 S. Mercer Street. The concert is free and open to the public. The program will be followed by a short reception in the fellowship hall.

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