GRAY TO PRESENT JUNIOR RECITAL

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College Music Major Casey Gray of Wheeling, W.Va. will present a Junior Recital on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall at the College’s historic Old Main. He will be accompanied by Mrs. Yih-Ching Wang Schoolar, Adjunct Lecturer in Piano at Bethany.

A tenor soloist and a student of Prof. David J. Rudari, Gray will present works by Mozart, Giordano, Schubert, Duparc, de Curtis and Groban. His selections cover a portion of the repertoire he will present this summer during his residency with the Schlern International Music Festival. The annual event, which attracts musicians and teachers from all over the world, is held in the scenic Boldano/Sudtirol region of northern Italy.

Gray is the principal accompanist for the Bethany College Choir and has performed with the Choir on several occasions during the 2007-08 school year. Among his performances were excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and The Seven Last Words of Christ. His most recent appearance with the Choir was in the role of Edwin, the Defendant in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial By Jury.

A 2005 graduate of Wheeling Park High School, Gray is President of the Phi Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and is also President of the Bethany College Music Society. A member of Sigma Tau Epsilon, the Music honorary, he was recently announced as the 2008 winner of Bethany’s prestigious Benjamin Chandler Shaw Travel Award. Gray is currently serving as Organ Scholar and Chorister at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wheeling.

There is no admission charge for the recital but a free will contribution will be collected to help offset the portion of Gray’s summer travel expenses to Italy not covered by the Shaw Award. Casey is the son of Jeff and Cindy Gray of Wheeling. For further information concerning the recital, contact Prof. Rudari at (304) 829-7329 or drudari@bethanywv.edu.