World-renowned cellist performs with music professor and pianist April 16

April 6, 2004
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant
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Cellist and world-class soloist Mary Fraley will perform with professor of music and pianist, Dr. Robert Bonham, at Maryville College at 8 p.m., April 16 in the Fine Arts Center Music Hall.

The duo will present a program of virtuoso music either composed or arranged for cello with piano. Featured works will be by cellists Luigi Boccherini, Gaspar Cassado, Nicolo Paganini, Ernst von Dohnányi and Victor Herbert. Among the works to be performed are an improvisation based on a work by Dimitri Kabalewsky, a movement from Dohnányi’s “Konzertstück,” Cassado’s “Danse du diable vert” and a portion of Herbert’s “Concerto No. 2.” The program ends with an arrangement of Niccolo Paganini’s “Variazioni di Bravura.”

Fraley’s musical influences include cellists John Frazer of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Leonard Rose of the Juilliard School of Music, among others. Touring the United States and Europe as a recitalist and orchestra soloist, Fraley has received praise for her invigorating performances, which she tailors to each individual audience.

Bonham joined the Maryville College faculty in 1965. He earned his music degrees from Phillips University and Kansas University, studying with Jon Nelson and Angelica Morales von Sauer. He received his Ph.D. in comparative arts from Ohio University. Bonham has also performed with members of the Metropolitan Opera, including Kaaren Erickson and Ed Sooter.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.