Former Vergennes pianist

VERGENNES - Former area resident Laura Ouimette will perform an evening of classical dance music with violinist Mitchell Drury at the Vergennes Opera House on July 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will offer a selection of different styles of dance music and will include Saint-Saens' Havanaise (Cuban habanera), the virtuosic Sarasate Introduction and Tarantella, a Wieniawski Chanson Polonaise (mazurka), a Telemann Baroque dance suite (gigue, allemande), a short tango, and other dance inspired music. The performance promises to be lively, entertaining and accessible for all ages and interests.

Mitchell Drury is a former student of Joyce Bovey, Kent Coleman and Eva Szekely, beginning his studies of violin in Mukilteo, Washington. He was a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony, the All Northwest orchestra and was concert master of the Washington All-State orchestra. He is currently working toward a master's degree in violin performance with Ronald Patterson at the University of Washington. Having completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri, he performed with many regional orchestras in the mid-west including the Arkansas Symphony and the Illinois Symphony. Mitchell has spent past summers with the College Light Opera Company, the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Missouri Symphony Society.

Laura Ouimette began studying piano with Julia Blocksma in Vermont, and soon followed this by pursuing her interest in the pipe organ with Kevin Parizo. She received her BA in music from Wesleyan University in Connecticut under organist Ron Ebrecht, and is now pursuing her master's degree in organ performance with Carole Terry at the University of Washington. She has performed at the International Diapason Festival in L'viv, Ukraine, for various festivals in Jalisco and Nayarit Mexico including at UNIVA and for the International Festival of Migratory Birds, as well on various concert series in New England, New York, Colorado and Washington. She is currently serving as the organist for Blessed Sacrament Parish in the University District of Seattle, Washington.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will run for just over one hour. Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $5 each with children under age 12 free. Call 877-6737 for more information.

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