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Annual concert features longtime Hood music professor

Friday, February 17, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A longtime Hood College faculty member will perform a concert marking his 38-year career at Hood College March 4 at 3 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall.

Noel Lester, professor of music and concert pianist, is the featured artist in the annual Carhart Guest Pianist series. He will present a concert of solo works and a variety of chamber compositions. He will be joined by clarinetist David Duree, cellist Alison Bazala Kim, pianists Nancy Roldán and David Conway, violinist RoseAnn Markow Lester, double bassist David Lester, soprano Marie Lester Loy and the Appalachian Wind Quintet.

Lester, who will retire in June, joined the Hood faculty in 1974 as pianist-in-residence. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, in Europe and Asia; in solo recitals; and in chamber music concerts. He made his professional debut at the Baltimore Museum of Art as a winner of the Baltimore Music Club’s Professional Recital Award; other debuts include performances at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Lester has performed in many college and university concert series and in numerous prestigious venues, including the Lincoln Center and the Los Angeles County Museum. He has been featured in recitals and broadcasts on National Public Radio and the BBC, among others, and has made 15 CD recordings.

Lester is also the founder and artistic director of the Maryland Concert Opera and director of music at Grace United Church of Christ in Frederick. He will continue at Hood as an adjunct instructor, concert manager and director of the College's annual summer chamber music festival.

The recital is made possible through a generous gift from the late Homer Carhart, Ph.D., a former chemist, amateur composer and a longtime friend of the college.

Seating is limited; admission is by reservation only.

For more information or reservations, contact Lester at (301) 696-3429.