Guest Artist Recital: Scott Rawls, Viola and James Douglass, Piano
Pianist James Douglass and Violist Scott Rawls will perform selections for piano and viola by Johannes Brahms and Jakov Kakoulov in a free concert in the Niles Gallery on Sunday, March 3 at 7:d0 pm.
James Douglass has performed across the United States, Europe, and China, in genres as diverse as opera, choral arts, vocal arts, chamber music, jazz, musical theater, and cabaret. His performances have been heard on public radio and television broadcasts in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Nashville, Mississippi, and Alabama, as well as the Welsh Television network in Great Britain, and in venues such as Carnegie Weill Hall and the Liszt Academy (Budapest). Dr. Douglass has taught at Mississippi College, Occidental College (Los Angeles), the University of Southern California, and Middle Tennessee State University where he was director the of collaborative piano degree program. In the summer of 2004 he began teaching in the summer study program AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria as the instructor of collaborative piano and vocal coach in the Lieder Studio. He joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005 and is currently the Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano, director of the collaborative piano degrees program, artistic director of the Collage Chamber Series, coordinator of chamber music activities, and vocal coach.
Scott Rawls has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe. Recent chamber music endeavors include performances with Noah Bendix-Balgley, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Bill Preucil, Paul Rosenthal, Jinjoo Cho and Sergey Antonov. With the Nikkanen/Rawls/Bailey string trio, he has played recent tours in Alaska, Washington, Arizona and Texas. His solo and chamber music recordings can be heard on the Centaur, CRI, Nonesuch, Capstone, and Philips labels.
A strong proponent of new music, Rawls has premiered dozens of new works by prominent composers. Most notable, he has toured extensively as a member of Steve Reich and Musicians. As the violist in this ensemble, he performed the numerous premieres of Daniel Variations, The Caveand Three Tales by Steve Reich and Beryl Korot, videographer. And under the auspices of presenting organizations such as the Wiener Festwochen, Festival d'Automne a Paris, Holland Festival, Berlin Festival, Spoleto Festival USA and the Lincoln Center Festival, he has performed in major music centers around the world including London, Vienna, Rome, Milan, Tokyo, Prague, Amsterdam, Brussels, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. He plays principal viola in the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and currently serves as Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.