Coker Music Presents “Sugar and Spice” Recital

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Jan. 19, 2011 – Coker College Music presents a recital titled “Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice?” by soprano Serena Hill, a Coker voice instructor, and guest pianist Catherine Garner of East Carolina University on Monday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Watson Theater in the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center.  Admission is free.

“Celebrating the art of women composers, Catherine and I have put together an eclectic, beautiful – sometimes irreverent – program that features works by Amy Beach, Maria Malibran, Lili Boulanger, Libby Larsen and Liza Lehmann,” Hill said.  “We hope the audience will enjoy the evening as much as we’ve enjoyed preparing for it.”

An active performer, Hill has recently been featured in works such as Handel’s "Messiah," Haydn’s "Creation" and "Seasons," Brahm’s "Requiem," Vaughan William’s "Dona Nobis Pacem" and Handel’s "Samson." She has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic and Firenze Lirica. Hill’s recital engagements include performances in both Italy and Spain.  She has sung with Opera at USC, Opera in the Ozarks, Studio Lirico, Greenville Light Opera, Central Florida Lyric Opera and Piccolo Players. Hill was a 2003 finalist in the Southeast Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions and most recently, a 2008 National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award Regional Finalist and the 2006 Artist of the Year with FBN Productions, Inc. In 2003, she was the Bizet Award winner for the Orpheus National Young Artist Vocal Competition and a Palmetto Opera Competition Finalist in 2005.

Garner has performed as a soloist with the Louisiana State University Orchestra, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Ballet and the Big Bend Orchestra.  She has performed as a collaborative pianist with such groups as The New Music Collective in Charleston and with various soloists around the southeast including Aaron Goldman, assistant principal flutist of the National Symphony.  She is a founding member of the Blue Ridge Trio, a group dedicated to the performance and exposure of music for voice, flute, and piano.  Garner is also the founder and director of Music on a Women’s Initiative Music Series, a monthly concert series featuring compositions by women, performed in high traffic areas around the university. 


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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