AHC Choral Director Ann Lucas to Perform with San Luis Chamber Orchestra

Oct. 27 & 28

Ann Lucas

Ann Lucas, D.M.A., Allan Hancock College music instructor and director of the Allan Hancock College Singers choral group, will be a featured artist in two October concerts given by the San Luis Chamber Orchestra.  The orchestra is under the musical direction of Keith Waibel and James Riccardo.  The performances will take place in Santa Maria and Los Osos.

Lucas, an accomplished pianist, will perform Robert Schumann’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 54, and the orchestra will conclude the concert with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92.

Lucas earned a doctoral degree in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and her bachelor of music and master of music degrees from Texas Christian University.  She has taught music history at Towson University (Maryland) and music theory at the Baltimore School for the Arts; has studied and written about Ozark folk music; and, in 1994, began ethnomusicological field work with Native American groups in Oklahoma and New Mexico, funded primarily by the Jacobs Research Foundation.  The work has been presented to various entities, including the Society for Ethnomusicology and the American Anthropological Association. 

Since moving to California in 1997, Lucas has been active as a recitalist, chamber musician and accompanist, performing with Alegria Winds, the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra, the Cal Poly vocal music department, Coastal Voices, and as a piano soloist with the San Luis Chamber Orchestra and the Allan Hancock College Concert Band.

Lucas, who joined the Allan Hancock College music faculty in 2006, leads the Allan Hancock College Singers in at least two major performances each year.  The group performed in conjunction with the San Luis Chamber Orchestra in October 2008 and November 2011, and was the special guest entertainment at the 2008 Hearst Castle Holiday Gala.  Lucas also teaches music appreciation, music history, world music appreciation and a popular course about the roots of American pop, rock and jazz.

The orchestra’s Santa Maria performance will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 311 South Broadway.  The Los Osos performance is Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 490 Los Osos Valley Road.

There is no cost; however, a $10 voluntary minimum donation will be accepted at the door.

For more information, call (805) 528-7759 or visit www.sanluischamberorchestra.org.

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