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Music for the Dance, a concert

Message 27844 · Hollis Easter · 10 Oct 2001 22:44:08 · Top

Greetings everyone,

I'd like to invite you to attend my junior recital at Swarthmore College
on Saturday, 27 October. More information is contained in the blurb I've
copied at the end of the email, but I wanted to let you know that the
recital is on the same day as RSCDS Delaware Valley Branch's annual
Delaware Ball, and that there is not, in fact, a conflict.

The recital will happen at Swarthmore College (just outside Philadelphia,
PA, USA) at 2 pm in the afternoon; Delaware Ball is in Delaware, in the
evening. It is our hope that Scottish dancers attending the ball will come
to the recital, hear some of the music we play and learn a little bit
about it, then go do as they will for a few hours until they go to the

At any rate, I'll hope to see you on the 27th, and if I can answer any
questions, please don't hesitate to ask them.

Hollis Easter '03 will present a recital on Saturday, 27 October, at 2 pm
in Lang Concert Hall at Swarthmore College. The recital is based on music
for traditional dance forms, and will include music and dancing from
Scotland, Ireland, Quebec, and Cape Breton.

Hollis is a junior at Swarthmore, studying toward a double major in
computer science and music. This recital is part of his independent study
in traditional music. Hollis sings with Swarthmore's college choir, and
its oldest coed a cappella group, Mixed Company. At home, he plays
Highland bagpipes with the Spencerville Legion Pipe Band of Ontario,
Canada, and studies under Pipe Major Brian Lawless. He will be joined on
stage by Susie Petrov, his teacher, and Cecily Morrison, a student at
Barnard College in New York.

Cecily Morrison is a senior at Barnard College of Columbia University,
where she is working toward a special major in ethnomusicology and dance.
She is currently writing her thesis on the subject of authenticity in
traditional Scottish dance. She is a 3-time national highland dance
champion, and has studied with the Boston Ballet and the Alvin Ailen
School, in both ballet and contemporary dance. She has just rturned from
study abroad at Glasgow University in Scotland. While there, Cecily took
lessons in Scottish smallpipes from Simon McKerel, and she studies violin
with Paul Woodiel in New York.

Susie Petrov has toured with Scots musicians Dougie Pincock and Freeland
Barbour and has performed for concerts, dances, and highland games across
the USA, Canada and Europe. She worked as a tutor in the north and west
of Scotland for summer music camps sponsored by Feis na Gael and was a
visiting lecturer at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance.
Susie has eight recordings to her credit and has just completed a book of
traditional and contemporary Scottish music arranged for country dancing.
A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and Temple University, she spends
her days teaching elementary school music to students at Friends School

The recital will feature an ever-changing array of instruments, styles,
and national dances. Cecily will perform in the Cape Breton step and
Highland dance styles, and members of Swarthmore College's folk dance club
will show a set of Scottish Country dances. At the end of the program, the
audience will be invited to the stage for an easy and fun participation

The musicians will present their fresh, contemporary, and eclectic view of
the different national styles of playing, and will perform on a wide
variety of instruments, including Highland bagpipes, Scottish smallpipes,
accordion, flute, organ, whistles, piano, and voice.

The concert is open to members of the community and is free of cost. For
more information, contact Hollis at

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