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BLUEFIELD COLLEGE AND BLUE MOUNTAIN PERFORMING ARTS PRESENT GEE-MACKEY DUO

by | Feb 8, 2010

The Gee-Mackey duo was formed in 2004 when two world-renowned musicians, cellist David Gee and pianist Lynne Mackey, partnered to perform in concert. Since, the couple has performed all across the world, in the United States, Europe, Africa, and just recently Spain and Morocco.

Their music includes works of American composers Dr. Timothy Mainland and Dr. Craig Naylor, as well as traditional repertoire.

Mackey, a former piano instructor and chair of the Department of Music at Bluefield College, is a pianist who performs in solo or chamber music settings and holds a spot on the tour roster of the Virginia Commission of the Arts. In addition to holding a graduate degree from The Juilliard School, she holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the Eastman School of Music.

Winner of both the William C. Byrd and the Grand Rapids competitions, Mackey has appeared in Michigan with the Grand Rapids Symphony and with the Flint Symphony, as well as the Lynchburg Symphony and University of Mary Washington Community Orchestra.

She was awarded an Appalachian College Association Fellowship for a one-year residency at the University of Virginia to prepare and perform 20th century piano repertoire. When not performing, she is teaching as an associate professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Gee has performed all over America, Europe, and Africa as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral cellist. He has taught at such prominent schools as Yale University, The University of North Carolina, Costal Carolina, and the University of Memphis. He received his instruction from Luis Garcia-Renart, Yale’s Aldo Parisot, the Tokyo Quartet, Claude Frank, and Robert Levin.

Gee graduated summa cum laude from Purchase College where he received the President’s Award for outstanding undergraduate achievement. While pursuing a graduate degree from Yale, he was named an Ellen Battel Stoeckel Scholar.

Admission for the Gee-Mackey concert at First Presbyterian Church on February 21 is $15 for adults and $10 for students. For more information, please e-mail the BC Office of Public Relations.

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