Cellist Paul Christopher will present a recital Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
The concert will include works by Paul Hundemith, Ursula Mamlok and Phillip Glass.
Christopher received his Bachelor of Music Education from the New England Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Memphis.
From 1981 to 1984, Christopher was employed as a string teacher in the School District of Greenville County (South Carolina) public schools. Then he became a member of the Memphis and Charlotte symphony orchestras. From 1989 to 2004 he was principal cello of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Opera, and a member of the Premier String Quartet. Simultaneously, from 1993 to 1999 he also served as adjunct instructor of low strings at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In 2005, Christopher joined the string faculty at NSU teaching low strings and music theory.
In the summers, he performed as assistant principal cello with the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. Christopher has appeared as clinician and guest artist throughout Louisiana, as well as, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panamá and South Korea. His articles have been published in American String Teacher, Bass World, the Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter and Strings.
Christopher has appeared on numerous recordings as a member of the Nashville String Machine with artists such as Faith Hill, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Springsteen and George Strait. He is currently recording the cello duos of Jacques Offenbach, with seven CD’s available on the Human Metronome label. For more information, visit the low strings website at music.nsula.edu/lowstrings.