LRU presents holiday concert on Dec. 17
Arts Aloud at Lenoir-Rhyne University will present A Puddingstone Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus.
Puddingstone is a group of musicians offering a unique blend of traditional and modern styles. What makes a Puddingstone arrangement recognizable is the unique sound. They use diverse instrumentation from antique folk instruments to contemporary computerized synthesizers.
Puddingstone will perform its popular Christmas and holiday repertoire, which celebrates many different customs, melodies and cultures. This concert is suitable for the entire family.
Puddingstone consists of seven local musicians with diverse backgrounds. Dr. David Abernethy is the founder and producer of Puddingstone. He received his music training as a percussionist with the award-winning Lenoir High School Band. He studied science at Elon College while simultaneously holding a full music scholarship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Elon and a medical degree at Bowman Grey School of Medicine. He plays the hammered dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, penny whistle, gemshorn, krumhorn, recorder, racket, electronic wind-controller and many other instruments. When not performing, he practices medicine in Lenoir.
Suzanne Williams started playing flute at age 12 in her school’s band. She studied music at Stetson University. She has taught with the Suzuki School of the Arts for 16 years and is now co-director of the school. She also performs with Silver Lining, a professional flute duo, and has performed with the Western Piedmont Symphony.
Paul Holt has been playing guitar since age 15. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in guitar from Appalachian State University. He teaches at the Suzuki School of the Arts in Hickory. He also plays electric guitar in church with a praise and worship band.
Denise Baxter-Yoder began singing in church choirs. She holds a degree in music from Montevallo University, Ala., and a master’s degree in education from Appalachian State University. She teaches in the Catawba County schools and has performed in musical theater.
Mike Willis began his musical career as a percussionist with the Lenoir High School band. He studied music at Brevard College and Appalachian State University. He has extensive professional playing experience in several cities.
Tickets for A Puddingstone Christmas are $15 each. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free. Tickets for children aged 6 to 12 and senior citizens are $12 each. Groups of 10 or more may purchase advance tickets for $10 each.
Tickets may be purchased online at conferences-events.lr.edu/puddingstone or at the L-R box office from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the concert starting at 6:30 p.m. Ticket purchases may be made with cash or credit card.