Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 pm (masterclass Saturday, February 23 at 1:00 pm)
“Perry and Lyons’ performance was utterly synchronized, summoning the Orpheus-like text in lilting lines and a heartbreaking ascendancy of chords.”
“…[Jeremy Lyons] performed with vocal lyricism and complete assurance of craft…”
“…soloist Lisa Perry made quite an impression with the pure, gleaming timbre of her voice.”
Baltimore guitarist Jeremy Lyons has been a friend of the Wilmington Classical Guitar since the very beginning. Jeremy performed in our first concert in 2010, and we’ve been pleased to feature him twice more as a soloist, in 2014 at the Music School of Delaware, and in 2015 at West Chester University. Since that first performance with us Jeremy has completed his Master’s and Doctoral degrees with the esteemed maestro Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory, composed music for mixed ensembles such as the Pique Collective, and completed torturous training to become an ultra (100 mile) runner.
Jeremy is joined in this concert by accomplished soprano Lisa Perry, who perform together regularly. Lisa performs frequently in the greater Baltimore area with various ensembles and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Conservatory.
Jeremy and Lisa will perform a mixture of new and old works, written or arranged for voice and guitar, including German Lieder, Spanish canciónes, modern art song, and works from the bel canto operatic canon.
Guest Opening Artist: TBD
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2/23/19: Jeremy Lyons and Lisa Perry will be teaching a masterclass in the afternoon the same day as the concert, at 1:00 pm in the West Room of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Jeremy and Lisa have to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Jeremy and/or Lisa and have them critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.
A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Jeremy Lyons began studying the classical guitar at a young age with his father Glenn Lyons, who founded the classical guitar program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In addition to the guitar, Jeremy studied the cello with Ovidiu Marinescu and performed as a member of several orchestras and ensembles.
Jeremy received a BM in guitar performance (Summa Cum Laude) from the Florida State University, where he studied with Bruce Holzman, and holds a MM in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy, a MM in Musicology, and a DMA all from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Manuel Barrueco.
While attending Florida State University, he also studied the viola da gamba with professor Pamela Andrews, the Renaissance lute with Anthony Rooley, and the gu-zheng (an ancient Chinese zither) with Haiqiong Deng. He was a member of the FSU Viols, the FSU Chinese Ensemble, and he regularly accompanied the FSU Early Music Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Kite-Powell. Jeremy also participated in the Early Music Ensembles at the Peabody Conservatory where he performed with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and the Peabody Consort, both directed by Mark Cudek, and the Peabody consort of Viols, directed by John Moran.
As a guitarist, Jeremy gives solo recitals throughout the United States and he has also appeared as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop, the Warminster symphony orchestra, and the Tallahassee symphony orchestra. Jeremy continues to perform on viola da gamba, lute, and Baroque guitar, and he regularly appears with his duo partner Soprano, Lisa Perry. While maintaining an active performing career, Jeremy is the current guitar instructor at Artist music education center in Perry Hall Maryland, and he also teaches guitar at the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C.
An advocate for contemporary music, Jeremy regularly writes music, collaborates with other composers, and enthusiastically participates in music that connects to a variety of audience members. He is a member of two Baltimore-based contemporary music ensembles: Mind on Fire and the Pique Collective. These ensembles explore the many sounds, sensations, experiences, and possibilities that arise from a performance, held in a public space, that invites the audience to immediately react and interact with the show that they attend.
Jeremy also delivers lectures concerning classical guitar history and the many influences that effect the repertoire of music available to the modern day guitarist. His research interests include pedagogical approaches to teaching the guitar, contemporary guitar literature, and the perception of a modern day guitarist as a musician.
Praised for her “pure, gleaming timbre” (Baltimore Sun) and “confident, penetrating account of lines” (Washington Post), soprano Lisa Perry has become a familiar face within the mid-Atlantic music scene. She has been seen on the operatic stage as the Mad Mermaid in Ophelia Forever (Amy Beth Kirsten), le feu, princesse, and rossignol in L’enfant et les sortileges (Maurice Ravel), Lady with the Hand Mirror in Postcard from Morocco (Dominick Argento), Ladybird Johnson in Camelot Requiem (world premiere; Joshua Bornfield) and the title role in Lakmé (Léo Delibes). Having a passion for contemporary repertoire, Lisa has been featured with new-music ensembles such as the Great Noise Ensemble (Washington, D.C.), SONAR New Music Ensemble (Baltimore, MD), Rhymes with Opera (New York, NY), Figaro Project (Baltimore), and the Peabody Camerata (Baltimore). She has held residencies with the Thompson Street Opera Company, PARMA Festival, New Music on the Point, Launch Festival, SUNY Fredonia, and was a New Music Fellow with SongFest in Los Angeles, CA. As is a founding member of Baltimore’s acclaimed LUNAR Ensemble Lisa has performed throughout Maryland, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania with critical acclaim. In addition, Lisa regularly performs throughout the mid-Atlantic with her duo partner, award-winning guitarist Jeremy Lyons.
Lisa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition and Theory from Michigan State University in 2008 and her Master’s Degree from the Peabody Institute in Voice Performance in 2011. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Peabody under the direction of Phyllis Bryn-Julson.