First Sunday Recital of 2017 Set for January 22

The Mary Baldwin University Music Department is pleased to announce the first Sunday Recital of 2017. At 3 p.m. on January 22, hornist Ian Zook, soprano Anne Wick, and pianist Tracey Schimmel Reed will take the stage at Francis Auditorium. Their appealing program features works of Schumann, Saint-Saens, Ives, Sargon, and Damase.

The recital includes Robert Schumann’s beautiful Adagio and Allegro, along with the popular Morceau de Concert by French composer Camille Saint-Saens. “This program blends three styles of music,” explains hornist Ian Zook. “We’ll perform longstanding masterpieces by Schumann and Saint-Saëns, short but charming modern works by Jean-Michel Damase and Albin Frehse, and two unique song cycles by American composers, Simon Sargon and Charles Ives. The songs by Simon Sargon, which will feature soprano Anne Wick, use poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay and should cast an appropriate atmosphere for our winter season.” The artists will close the program with Zook’s own arrangement of several songs by Charles Ives, including “Songs My Mother Taught Me” and “Circus Band.”

Zook is an active orchestral and solo performer and has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is on the faculty at James Madison University and performs regularly with the Madison Brass, Montpelier Winds, and the Staunton Music Festival.  He has also performed with many orchestras, including the Charlottesville Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Pianist Tracey S. Reed is principal pianist with the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir and music director for the Trinity Lutheran Church in Keezletown, and she also performs regularly as a collaborative pianist at James Madison University. Soprano Anne Wick has a varied performing career with performances in many genres. She is well-known to Staunton audiences, having appeared as a soloist with the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society and the Staunton Ovation Singers. She also has performed roles with Waynesboro Players, Oak Grove Theater, ShenanArts, and Ash Lawn Opera. Wick serves as the vocal area coordinator for Mary Baldwin University and also teaches voice at James Madison University.

Tickets for January 22 may be purchased at the door and are $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors (free for MBU students). For more information, visit or call 540-887-7294.