Tag Archives: pre-Vespers

Duo Classique’s La Favor, Grohman provide pre-Vespers entertainment

Debbie Grohman and Willie La Favor, husband and wife members of Duo Classique, will perform at 4:30 p.m. Sunday during the pre-Vespers service at the Hall of Philosophy.

Grohman and La Favor have performed together for over 20 years since meeting as students at New England Conservatory where both earned Master of Music degrees. La Favor, a native of Georgia, is director of music at Messiah Lutheran Church in the Rochester, N.Y., suburb of Greece, and teaches piano at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, where he is also an accompanist. Among his many awards are first place in the 1988 National Beethoven Piano Sonata Festival, and, in 1990 together with Grohman, runner-up in the MTNA National Collegiate Artists Chamber Music Competition.

Continue reading

Jackson to perform with Musser at Sunday’s pre-Vespers service

Chautauquan Juanita Wallace Jackson will perform a short program of Spirituals, accompanied by organist and Chautauquan Joe Musser, for the pre-Vespers service at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hall of Philosophy.

Jackson, an operatically trained contralto, has been singing in public since she was 5 years old. Born in Cincinnati, she holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Miami University of Ohio. She has performed in concert throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. She regularly performs with the Motet Choir at Chautauqua, where she also served as vice chair of the board of trustees and as chair of the Development Council. She is the founder and first president of the newly formed Chautauqua Area Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters.

Continue reading