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Mother’s Day piano concert

Leonidas Lagrimas will play Franklin May 12. Donated photo Leonidas Lagrimas will play Franklin May 12. Donated photo

Leonidas Lagrimas will present “Musical Storytellers: A Piano Recital” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin.

The program features classical works for solo and piano duet, with Dr. Lyn Ellen Burkett, by J.S. Bach, Debussy, Mozart, Ravel and Scarlatti — works that explore music’s ability to tell stories, express emotions and paint pictures through sound.

The Western Carolina University School of Music Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, Lagrimas frequently performs guest recitals throughout the region. His collaborative piano highlights include performances with country music superstar Lorrie Morgan, Grammy-winning soprano Hila Plitmann and multiple Carnegie Hall appearances.  

He holds National Certification (NCTM) in Piano from MTNA and a Ph.D. in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from Florida State University. He serves as pianist for Christ Anglican Church in Cashiers and maintains a private piano studio.

Burkett, WCU Assistant Professor of Practice in Music, is an accomplished pianist and harpsichordist who especially enjoys performing 20th and 21st century repertoire. She studied piano with Carolyn Bridger, Mary Ann Covert, and Gary Wolf and harpsichord with Elisabeth Wright and Karyl Louwenaar-Lueck.  

She holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory from Indiana University, a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Ithaca College and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Central Florida. Her research has focused on composers and their creative work processes. Her scholarly work has appeared in many publications and has been presented at regional and national conferences.

Admission is by donation. This program is produced by the Arts Council of Macon County. For more information, call 828.524.ARTS or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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