Concert honors retiring professor, new president

In its continued efforts to enhance the cultural environment of the university, the department of music presents the 10th annual President’s Concert.

The concert will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. in Lee Hall Auditorium. The concert will feature the stylings of the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Julian E. White.

The band and ensemble consists of 90 musicians noted for their superior musical distinction.

According to White, the objective of the concert is to act as a catalyst in promoting exposure to different music forms and enhancing cultural diversity.

He added that the concert also presents a musical alternative to the Marching 100.

“The students and community are familiar with the Marching 100,” White said.

“This performance is a tremendous opportunity for them to see the diversity of the music department here at FAMU.”

The concert will also honor distinguished pianist and music professor Dr. Mary W. Roberts. Roberts is retiring after 43 years of service at FAMU. She has been awarded the Teacher of the Year Award and Teaching Incentive Award.

While pursuing a doctorate of music at Florida State University, Roberts received praise for her performance as a piano soloist with the university symphony.

Although she has mixed feelings about retiring, Roberts insists that it is indeed an honor to be recognized.

“It makes me feel good to know that I am cared for so much by the faculty and students,” Roberts said.

Accompanied by the band and ensemble, Roberts will perform Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor.

Roberts said she decided to play Grieg Piano Concerto because it will be alluring to the ears of the community.

“I chose this piece because it’s appealing to the general public as well as musicians,” Roberts said.

Larry E. Rivers, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences invites students and faculty, as well as members of the community to the monumental event.

He encourages the FAMU community to come out and enjoy themselves.

“I invite everyone to come out, sit back and relax while listening to the beautiful performances by the symphonic band and wind ensemble and one of the most renowned pianists in the country, Dr. Mary Roberts.”

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