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CCU music professor to give Palm Sunday concert

March 24, 2010

Coastal Carolina University music professor Patti Edwards, soprano, will perform songs of praise and thanksgiving at a Palm Sunday concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 28 at St. Pauls Episcopal Church at 710 Main St. in Conway. She will be accompanied by Elsie Pollock, piano, and Mindy Burgin, cello. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will feature uplifting songs chosen to commemorate Palm Sunday, including Sing my Soul in Praise of God and My Soul Hears in Seeing by Georg Friedrich Handel, Unto the Hills by Ferdinand David, Evening Prayer by Engelbert Humperdinck, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach, and a set of Negro spirituals. The program will also include arrangements of hymns for piano, cello and soprano.

Edwards, associate professor of music at the University and native of Georgetown, specializes in Baroque arias of Handel and Bach, classical works of the 20th and 21st centuries and the American art song. She earned a bachelors degree in music education from Mars Hill College, a masters degree in vocal performance and graduate diploma in vocal chamber music from Saint Louis Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas.

Pollock, of Georgetown, earned a bachelors degree in musicology from Furman University. She has performed with the Charleston, Wilmington and Greenville symphonies. Pollock currently serves as assistant organist and choir director at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Litchfield, and she operates a private piano studio.

Burgin, also of Georgetown, earned bachelors degrees in nursing and organ performance from Southern Adventist University and a masters degree from the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the Florence Symphony Orchestra and serves as organist at St. James Episcopal Church in McClellenville and the Myrtle Beach Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Carolina Forest. She works part-time as a registered nurse at Conway Medical Center and is founder and director of the Kirabo Foundation.

The concert is a part of the Joyful Noise Concert Series sponsored by St. Pauls Episcopal Church.

For more information, contact the Universitys Music Department at 843-349-2637.