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CCU presents pre-Valentine Day concert of love songs

January 31, 2006

Songs of Life and Love, a concert of intimate chamber music chosen for the Valentine season, will be presented at Coastal Carolina University on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Edwards Humanities and Fine Arts building. The event is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature two Coastal music faculty members, soprano Patti Yvonne Edwards and flutist Amy Tully. They will be accompanied on piano by Deb Stewart-Bellamy, minister of music at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island. The program will be devoted to romantic songs by composers Jennifer Higdon, Cecile Chaminade and Camille Saint-Sans.

Edwards, assistant professor of performing arts at Coastal, is a native of Georgetown. She is director of the Coastal Carolina University Concert Choir. She has appeared with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony and the Brevard and Transylvania Symphonies. Edwards has performed roles with the Charleston Opera Company, Opera Theater St. Louis, Opera Unlimited, Opera Omaha, The Texas Gilbert and Sullivan Company and at the Brevard and Batiquitos Festivals. She taught at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, Charleston Southern University, the College of Charleston, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, and was a doctoral teaching fellow at the University of North Texas.

Tully, a teaching associate at Coastal, holds a certificate of graduate study in music performance from the University of South Carolina. She earned a masters degree in musicology from Northwestern University and a bachelors degree in flute performance from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Tully is a member of the Long Bay Symphony and has been a featured guest soloist at the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach and in the Lake City concert series.

For more information, call 349-2502.