The tradition of Sunday afternoon concerts at the Heritage at Lowman was established in 2003 by John Kenneth Adams, a well-known pianist and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of South Carolina School of Music. Thanks to his vision, leadership and the standard of excellence he established, residents of the Heritage at Lowman and members of the surrounding community have enjoyed outstanding musical programs.
All concerts are held at 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoons in the New Life Chapel located in the Wellness Center on the Heritage at Lowman campus. Each performance will be followed by a reception in the adjacent Hoefler Gallery. For more information please call 803. 451.7414.
September 25, 2016
Dr. Solon Pierce, piano
Solon Pierce was born in Plymouth, Wisconsin and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College, where he worked with Robert McDonald. He also holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Jerome Lowenthal and Abbey Simon. He completed doctoral work at the University of Minnesota, where he worked with Alexander Braginsky. Dr. Pierce has performed frequently in his native Wisconsin as well as extensively as a solo/collaborative artist and given master classes in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
October 9, 2016
Alan Weinberg, piano & Ashley Horvat, violin
Alan Weinberg, Professor of Music at Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina, is a native of Philadelphia where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Temple University. In 1984 he received his Doctor of Music degree in performance from Indiana University, graduating with distinction. In addition to his activities as a performer, Dr. Weinberg is also a composer.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Ashley Horvat began studying violin at age three. Mrs. Horvat holds a Masters degree in Violin Performance from the University of Akron, a Bachelors degree in violin performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts, and a high school diploma with a focus on violin performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Mrs. Horvat has also studied chamber music with the Tacaks Quartet and the Mendelssohn Quartet. Mrs. Horvat is on the violin and viola faculty at Columbia College and the Palmetto Center for the Arts. is a very active solo and chamber musician and gives frequent recitals and guest appearances throughout the year.
November 13, 2016
Presbyterian College Choir and Ringers
The Presbyterian College Choir has been a continuing part of the artistic and academic life of Presbyterian College for more than eight decades. Singers come from all disciplines of the college and some are participating in choral music for the first time. Since 1998, Dr. J. Porter Stokes has served as the conductor of the ensemble.
The PC Ringers was founded in the Spring of 2000 following the modest purchase of a 3-octave set of Malmark Handbells. Now with a 5+ octave set of Malmark handbells and a 6.5-octave set of Malmark ChoirChimes, the PC Ringers may claim to be one of the finest college bell ensembles in the Southeast.
January 8, 2017
Palmetto Brass, brass ensemble
The Palmetto Brass was founded in 1986 due to a request for the SC Philharmonic to provide a brass quintet to perform for a state presentation at Brookgreen Gardens. By 1989, The Palmetto Brass had developed a fun reputation for concert venues and versatile, yet appropriate literature for religious venues. The group auditioned successfully for the Arts Commission Showcase, and that led to a three year run as the Resident Quintet for Spoleto Festival in Charleston. The have performed as many as 34 concerts in a three week period at various venues. The quintet, made up of musicians David Allison, Dr. Randolph Love, Kenneth Turner, Bruce Clark, and Dr. Ron Davis, has continued as an active performing group to this day after 27 years.
February 12, 2017
Sarah Masterson, piano
Dr. Sarah Masterson received a B.A. in physics and a Performer’s Certificate from DePauw University, and a M.M. and D.M.A. in piano performance from the University of Connecticut. Her recent research involves the work of twentieth-century American women composers, and her doctoral research focused on the use of sonata form in mid-twentieth-century American piano sonatas. As a collaborative pianist, she has worked with the UConn Wind Ensemble and performed at the UConn Chamber Music Festival. She recently presented lecture-recitals on Florence Price at the 2015 Women Composers Festival of Hartford and the 2016 Mid-Atlantic CMS Conference. Before joining the Newberry College faculty, Dr. Masterson previously taught at Eastern Connecticut State University and Fitchburg State University.
February 19, 2017
Duo 2: Peter Bloom, flute & Mary Jane Rupert, piano and harp
Peter H. Bloom, flute, concertizes in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; appears on 40 recordings; and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. He has given lectures and master classes across the globe and has served as historical performance consultant to The American Museum in Britain, The New-York Historical Society, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, where he performs and lectures regularly.
Mary Jane Rupert, piano and harp, praised by the New York Times as exhibiting “indeed real sensitivity,” has performed throughout the world from Carnegie Recital Hall to the Beijing Concert Hall. She has appeared as concert pianist and harpist with chamber ensembles, choral groups and orchestras across the United States.