(March 18, 2011)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Shreveport cellist to perform recital at Anderson March 25

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) — The Hurley School of Music presents cellist John-Henry Crawford in concert Friday, March 25 at the Anderson Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

John-Henry Crawford

Part of a five-recital tour throughout Louisiana and Tennessee, he will be accompanied by pianist Patrick Kreeger. Their tour will culminate with a recital for the Artists Ascending of Memphis, a series at Baron Hirsch Synagogue which has featured teenage performers who later became artists, such as Itzhak Perlman, Hilary Hahm, Gil Shaham, Daniel Barenboim, and others.

Crawford, age 18 and a native of Shreveport began cello lessons at age five in the Centenary College Suzuki School with Kris Vaska-Haas. He was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at age 15, where he currently studies with Carter Brey, Principal Cellist of New York Philharmonic and Peter Wiley, formerly of the Guarneri Quartet. He holds the Nina and Billy Albert Fellowship at Curtis.

Just recently, Crawford won first prize in the Philadelphia Orchestra's Greenfield Concerto Competition. Two First Prizes were awarded, one to Crawford and the other to Alexander Vvedensky, an oboist from Moscow, Russia, both of whom study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In addition to a cash prize, Crawford will perform as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra for a concert next season. The Philadelphia Orchestra is considered one of the top five Orchestras in the U.S.

For more information call the Hurley School of music at 318.869.5235.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 373 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.