Cellist Rebecca Gilmore and pianist Dan Lau will perform at St. Francis by the Sea at 6:30pm on Friday, June 1. The one-hour concert features Beethoven’s "Sonata for Cello" and "Piano, No. 5 in D major," "Op. 102, No. 2" and Rachmaninoff’s "Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 19."
A reception follows the concert in the downstairs art gallery. Concert admission is free, however, donations are gratefully accepted to sustain the series.
The art gallery opens at 5:30pm and will feature works by artist, Tim Bradford, founder and curator of the Gallery at St. Francis by the Sea. Tim’s portfolio is abstract paintings in oils and acrylics. Gallery admission is free and paintings are available for purchase. Refreshments are served.
Rebecca Gilmore Phillips, native of North Carolina, joined the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 1999, where she currently serves as Assistant Principal Cello with the VSO. In 2010, she was broadcast live on NPR for a performance of Schubert’s "Guitar Quartet" with JoAnn Falletta.
Her cello career has traveled up the east coast to perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as well as in countries all over the world. Within the United States she has both taught and performed with numerous music festivals including the New England Music Camp (Maine), the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, The Brevard Music Center, Garth Newel Chamber Music Center and the North Carolina School of the Arts' International Music Program where she performed Saint-Saens’ “Cello Concerto” with their orchestra in 10 major cities throughout Europe.
Daniel Lau has received enthusiastic press notices for both his solo and chamber performances. He has appeared in recitals and with orchestras throughout North America and Europe. He performs frequently with Camerata Philadelphia, the Port City Music Festival Players, and is a founding member of the Ravel Trio praised recently by the Swiss Journal du Jura, "Splendid interpretation, vigorous and nuanced playing."
A versatile pianist, violinist and conductor, Lau attended Loma Linda University graduating with a bachelor's degree in piano performance before attending the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he earned master's and doctoral degrees. Dr. Lau is a dedicated educator of music and has given master classes and clinics throughout the United States.