Guest artist Dr. Christopher Lowry will present a guest recital at Northwestern State University on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. University COVID protocols will be in effect. Those attending are asked to wear a mask. A livestream of the concert will be available at capa.nsula.edu/livestream.
Lowry will be joined by Northwestern State faculty member Dr. Chialing Hsieh in performing music by C. Dayton, C. Lowry and S.W. Calhoun.
Lowry will also teach a masterclass earlier in the day.
A two-time prizewinner in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Grand Prize winner in the 2015 Lewisville Lake Symphony International String Competition, winner of the 2017 Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Composition Award, and winner of Cuarteto Jose White’s 2018 “Nuestra America” Award, Lowry has won awards in numerous national and international competitions as both a performer and composer. His music has been performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the Ryman Auditorium by ensembles such as the Nashville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, West Point Band and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.
Lowry maintains a busy performing schedule throughout the United States and Mexico; he is a member of the faculty of the Festival Internacional de Musica Naolinco, and he is an occasional guest violist with the Carlos Chavez String Quartet in Mexico City. He recently led a consortium of 20 violists to commission the first major Mexican viola concerto by Eduardo Gamboa, which he will premiere with the Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes. He has appeared as soloist with the Lewisville Lake Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Acadiana Symphony, Louisiana Sinfonietta, University of Maine Symphony Orchestra, Vanderbilt University Orchestra and Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Lowry is principal violist of the Amarillo, Baton Rouge, and Acadiana Symphony Orchestras, violist of the Lagniappe Trio and an in-demand session musician in Nashville.
Lowry’s self-engineered and -produced debut solo CD, “Milestones: New Music for Viola from the Third Millennium,” was released last year on Centaur Records. He can also be heard playing the music of Dinos Constantinides on Magni Publications.