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Free Piano & Classical Guitar Recitals Added to Arts Calendar

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1/22/2016 - Two Free Guest Artist Recitals Added to Arts Calendar Piano – Sunday, Feb. 28 – 3:00 pm Classical Guitar 7 Flute – Thursday, March 3 – 7:30 pm

“French Flair” Piano Recital – Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3:00 pm NWF State Music Faculty Performs Free Matinee Recital

Lois Henry, a music professor at Northwest Florida State College, will perform a matinee Piano Recital featuring the music of French composers: Rameau, Saint Saens, Poulenc, and Ravel on Sunday, February 28 at 3:00 pm in the Tyler Recital Hall at the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.

The recital is free of charge with donations accepted at the door to support the college’s fine arts programs and scholaships. At the recital, professor Henry will perform works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, including La Poule (The Hen) and l’Egyptienne; Camille Saint Saens’ Allegro Appassionato; Francis Poulenc’s Improvisations for Piano; and Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, a suite of six pieces based on movements of a Baroque suite.

Ms. Henry has been professionally involved in music for more than thirty years and teaches piano and voice at the college. She performs frequently as a solo pianist and accompanist and annually presents faculty piano recitals. She is also conductor of the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale and the college’s select women’s ensemble, Belle Voci and performs as pianist with the professional Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.

Also a choral composer and arranger, her works have been performed in a number of venues across the country. She regularly serves as pianist for Florida All-State and All-County Choruses and in the 2006-07 season served as the interim conductor and music director of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to Niceville in 2002, Ms. Henry lived in the Boston area, where she taught at Eastern Nazarene College, serving as conductor of the college’s Choral Union and Orchestra and as piano instructor. She was also pianist and often served as chorus master for Boston’s Chorus pro Musica, and in that capacity prepared the group for performances with the Boston Pops and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located on the eastern edge of the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College at 100 College Boulevard and is easily accessible from State Hwy. 285, Hwy. 85 and the new Mid-Bay Bridge connector road (Exit onto Hwy 285 from the connector) or Interstate 10. The Tyler Recital Hall is located in the Music Wing of the fine and performing arts complex, adjacent to the Seven Dancers sculpture circus and the mainstage theater.

For more information, contact the NWF State College Fine & Performing Arts Division office at (850) 729-5382 or the center’s website at


The NWF State College Fine & Performing Arts Division presents a Guest Artist Classical Guitar & Flute Recital on Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 pm in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The event is free of charge with donations accepted at the door for an honorarium for the Guest Artists.

Appearing with be Troy University music faculty member Dr. Robert Gibson on classical guitar and his colleague Rachel Nozny on flute.

Robert Gibson has been a faculty member at the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University in Alabama since 2008. In addition to teaching guitar, Dr. Gibson also teaches courses in music theory, string pedagogy, and conducts the guitar ensemble.

As a performer, Gibson has been a featured artist with several orchestras including the San Antonio Symphony, and toured as both a soloist and chamber musician around the United States, Mexico and Italy. As a promoter of new music, Gibson has collaborated with several composers on the creation of new works for the guitar has and performed world premieres of new works by composers Donald Grantham, James Norman, Traci Mendel and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Gibson has won prizes in several competitions including the Appalachian Guitar Festival Competition, the U.T.S.A Concerto Competition, and the M.T.N.A. National Competition. Robert received the Alumni of the Year Award in 2014 from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Robert Gibson is also well versed in other styles of music beyond the classical realm. He studied jazz guitar with Mitch Watkins and has performed extensively in multiple genres including, Jazz, Rock, Country, Contemporary Christian, Broadway, and Folk.

Gibson earned a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance under the direction of Dr. Matthew Dunne at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and both Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Texas at Austin with Adam Holzman. During this time, Gibson also pursued composition and arranging, studying with notable composers such as Donald Grantham, David Heuser, and James Balentine.

In the summer of 2006, Gibson completed his fourth year of studies with the legendary guitarist and teacher Oscar Ghiglia at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

Robert Gibson continues to perform regularly as a solo guitarist and with his colleague Rachel Nozny in a flute/guitar duo.