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Nicholls offers free February musical performances

THIBODAUX – The Nicholls State University Department of Music will present several concerts and recitals throughout February 2012. Each performance is free and open to the public:

Saturday, Feb. 11

Merker-Adamik Duo Guest Artist Recital

The international artists Martin Merker, cellist, and Anna Adamik, pianist, will perform a concert of Hungarian music, including several compositions by the composer Liszt. The duo performed in Budapest last year in commemoration of Liszt’s 200th birthday.

Talbot Theater, Nicholls, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16

The Nicholls Camerata with Martin Merker

A student string ensemble, the Camerata will appear with cellist Martin Merker, a member of Camerata Bern in Switzerland. He will perform the Filtz Cello Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for String Orchestra and the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Violins, with students Gilson J. Cornelio Filho, freshman from Recife, Brazil, and Benita Dzhurkova, freshman from Burgas, Bulgaria. The Nicholls Camerata, a small chamber orchestra featuring students on violin, viola, cello, bass and harpsichord, was formed in 2010 under the direction of violinist James Alexander, faculty head of the string program, who performs with the group.

St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, 500 Goode Street, Houma, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16

Jack Gibbons Guest Artist Recital

Steinway pianist Jack Gibbons has established a reputation as one of the world’s best interpreters of the music of George Gershwin. Hailed by the BBC as “the Gershwin pianist of our time,” Gibbons regularly receives standing ovations during his concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Talbot Theater, Nicholls, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 17

The Nicholls Camerata with Martin Merker

The ensemble will repeat its performance in Thibodaux.

St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, 721 Canal Blvd., Thibodaux, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Michael Bartnik Faculty Recital

An assistant professor of woodwinds at Nicholls, Dr. Michael Bartnik has performed extensively in concert halls throughout much of the United States and Europe. Some of his notable performance venues include Cadogan Hall in London, the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Talbot Theater, Nicholls, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24

The Second Annual Negro Spiritual Concert

Celebrate Black History Month with distinguished guest artists, faculty and students from Nicholls, Louisiana State University, the University of New Orleans, Xavier University, Dillard University and Loyola University. This event is co-sponsored by the Student Programming Association.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 718 Jackson Street, Thibodaux, 7:30 p.m.

To learn more about the Nicholls Department of Music, including a full performance calendar, go to nicholls.edu/perform.

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