Four recent Richland music students performed in concert Aug. 14 for the first time as the newly named Chimera Consort at Dallas’ Saint Mathew’s Episcopal Cathedral. The group was organized by pianist Girordi Frederick, who is now a music major at Texas A&M Commerce.
It also includes Courtney Reynolds on viola, now studying at SMU, Ross Owen on cello, now at Sam Houston in Huntsville and Justin Daniels on violin, who will be attending the University of North Texas this fall.
The group’s beautifully designed program was created by current Richland art and theater student, Raven Lanuza-Brown. Piano page-turning duties were performed by former Richland violist Jerome Griffin Jr., who will be attending SMU this fall.
Chimera Consort is the outgrowth of an informal summertime master class of music students who have been gathering to play and critique each other at Richland for several years. Coaching and comments have occasionally been provided by string faculty members Jordan Kuspa and Leah Greenfield Fritz.
The introductory concert, which included the complete four-movement “Brahms Piano Quartet in G-minor,” enchanted and amazed the audience of about 100 friends, family and church members who, at the end, gave the group a standing ovation before retiring to the fellowship hall for refreshments and personal accolades.
It was a fitting reward for an outstanding performance, professional in every way, that warmed the hearts of everyone who knows these talented young musicians and has followed their growth from their beginnings at Richland College.
For more information about Richland’s music classes, private lessons and concert performance series, contact Derrick Logozzo in the Music Department at 972-238-6254 or online at richlandcollege.edu/hfp/music.