The public is invited to attend a free special concert this Sunday evening with three of Atlanta's most renowned musicians at First Presbyterian Church of Covington.
The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and features Roumena Georgieva on the violin, Philip Skerrett on the piano and Philip Rogers, a bass-baritone accompanying them.
Though the concert was originally set to begin at 3 p.m., Alice Walker, an organizer of the event, said the decision was made to move the concert to 6:30 p.m. so that attendees had the option of attending both the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Newton High School which begins at 3 p.m. and the First Presbyterian concert.
A native of Bulgaria, Georgieva won a concertmaster position with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra at the age of 23. After touring extensively around Europe, Georgieva moved to the U.S. where she has since taken up teaching positions at Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College and Morehouse College. She is also the director of the Atlanta University Center Wide Symphony Orchestra.
An instructor in the Department of Music at Clark Atlanta University, Skerrett has performed with the Atlanta Symphony under the direction of William Fred Scott and is presently serving as the accompanist for the Capital City Opera Company. This year he celebrates 21 years as the senior organist at Big Bethel Church.
Dr. Rogers, who holds both a master's of music degree in choral conducting and a doctor of musical arts degree in vocal performance and literature, is an adjunct professor of Applied Voice at Spelman College. He also teaches voice at Clayton State University in Morrow and maintains a voice studio in Decatur. He has held choral conducting positions in Indiana, Illinois and Georgia. This month he will establish the Atlanta VoiChestra which will make its debut in March.
According to Walker the hour long program will include two sonatas by Braham on the violin and piano.
"They're so lush and beautiful," said Walker of the sonatas. "This will be a real crowd pleaser."
Dr. Rogers will also sing a song by the nineteenth century composer Richard Strauss as well as several spirituals, accompanied by Skerrett on the piano.
Walker said the concert was organized when a mutual friend told her that the three musicians were looking for a place to perform together to make a recording. After trying out the acoustics at First Presbyterian, Walker said the artists asked to use the church for their performance.
"It's good for our church and its good for them and it's good for the community," Walker said. "We're just excited about having this quality of musicians to play."