Whitlock-Clinton Chamber Concert makes debut Sunday at Mount Vernon Music Hall

From Staff Reports

Sept. 26, 2008 - Mount Vernon Music is sponsoring the first Whitlock-Clinton Chamber Concert which will make its debut at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, with subsequent performances to be held at the University of Texas at Tyler and the First United Methodist Church in Dallas.

"An anonymous person gave a donation for us to perform at least one classical chamber music concert per year," said Mark Miller, president and founding member of Mount Vernon Music. "The series is named in honor of Betty Whitlock and Ron Clinton, both of Pittsburg."

Whitlock is both pianist and violinist.

"While she is largely retired as a perfomer, Betty still teaches both piano and violin," Miller said.

Clinton is the former head of the music department at North East Texas Community College and is also a pianist.

"Betty and Ron have done a lot of performing together," Miller said. "They made a really good team. Betty and Ron have both served as board members on Mount Vernon Music. Betty writes program notes for us."

The series' performers include pianist Joel Schoenhals of Ann Arbor, Mich., violinist Miller, violinist Kristin Jutras of Watkinsville, Ga., violist Ute Miller founding member of Mount Vernon Music and cellist Jolyon Pegis of Plano.

Schoenhals has been a featured performer for Mount Vernon Music. This marks his third appearance in East Texas.

"In June, Joel played with Ute in a piano-viola recital," Miller said.

According to Miller, the musicians plan to have numbers by Shostakovich and Dvorak's popular Quintet in E-flat on Sunday afternoon's program.

Tickets for the event are available for $5, $10 and $15 at the door. Students are admitted free with ID. Mount Vernon Music is located in the old Central Christian Church at 402 Leftwich St., near the town's historic square.

For more information, call 903-563-3780 or visit their website:

www.mountvernonmusic.org.

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