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October 13, 2013

MSO violinist, pianist to perform at Chamber Series

MERIDIAN —     Mississippi Symphony Orchestra violinist Thomas J. Lowe and pianist John Paul will be guest performers at Thursday's St. Paul's Chamber Series.

    The 55-minute presentation will begin at 12:05 p.m at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1116 23rd Ave. Admission is free.

    Following are the artists' bios:

Thomas J. Lowe

     A native of Jackson, Lowe studied violin with Kathleen Minyard and Theodore Russell while attending public school in Jackson and played in the Jackson Symphony (now Mississippi Symphony), beginning in 1960.

    Lowe played with the Transylvania Symphony Orchestra of the Brevard Music Center (North Carolina) in a concert on the White House lawn in August 1961. The Mississippi Symphony performed one of his compositions, "Poem for Orchestra," in 1963. In college, he studied with Joseph Pepper at Duke University, Emil Raab at the University of Alabama and Daniel Guilet at the University of Oklahoma.

    Lowe has played with the Mississippi Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony, the Lawton Oklahoma Philharmonic, the Huntsville Symphony, and was concertmaster of the University of Alabama/ Tuscaloosa Symphony while an undergraduate.

    He graduated from Mississippi College School of Law in 1978, clerked with Justice Vernon Broom of the Mississippi Supreme Court the following year, and has been a practicing lawyer ever since.

John Paul

    John Paul grew up in the coastal town of Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England.

    In 1961, he won entrance to the Royal Academy of Music in London, where his principle teachers were Alan Richardson, C.H. Trevor, Eric H. Thiman, and Thurston Dart. Paul holds the Academy’s diplomas in piano and organ, an honours degree from the University of London, and a doctorate from the University of Colorado.

    In 1965, he immigrated to Jackson, to become organist and choirmaster at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral and has served as organist at Temple Beth Israel since 1973. At St. Andrew’s, he has been responsible for all service music and the Wednesday at St. Andrew’s noontime concert series begun in 1971, which quickly became a model for series throughout the country.

    Paul has a special interest in the plucked keyboard instruments and has toured as a harpsichordist since 1980, presenting concerts, workshops, and informances in the United States, South America and Europe. Since 1997, he has been in partnership with harpsichordist Shawn Leopard in many performances from Boston to Miami. This duo has recorded the Bach Trio Sonatas with Lyrichord Discs and the Soler Conciertos for Two Keyboards on the Centaur label. 

    In 2002, Centaur released Paul’s solo recording of the complete clavichord pieces of Herbert Howells. In 2005, Lyrichord Discs released a three-disc set of the complete harpsichord works of the Baroque French master Jacques Du Phly.

    In 2002 Paul was awarded the prestigious Governor’s Award for Excellent in the Arts by the Mississippi Arts Commission.

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