LAURINBURG — A variety of music spanning several centuries will be presented next month when Chris Foster and Mark Andersen, guest artists at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, perform a free concert at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church.
The concert will begin at 2 p.m. on April 2 and will feature a variety of works for trumpet and organ.
Foster is the director of Bands and assistant professor of Music at Alfred University in New York. Anderson, a renowned organist, resides in Lumberton.
Foster directs the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Brass Choir, and teaches music theory and lessons on wind instruments. He has performed with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Baroque Trumpet Ensemble and as a freelance musician.
In Nevada, he performed with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Nevada Opera, Reno Jazz Orchestra, the Gordy Brown Show at Harrah’s Casino, and as principal trumpet and soloist for the Ruby Mountain Symphony. He has also been a guest conductor for the Lake Tahoe Music Camp. Before his doctoral studies and his appointment at Alfred University, he directed concert, jazz and marching bands in Ely and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Foster holds bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and Wind Conducting from the University of North Texas.
Andersen began his education at East Carolina University, where he studied organ, harp, and voice. His graduate studies carried him to Chicago and the American Conservatory and then on to Paris, where he studied organ with Marcel Dupre and composition with Nadia Boulanger. While in Paris, Andersen played at Notre Dame Cathedral under Pierre Cochereau.
Returning to the United States, Andersen played with the Boston Symphony and became Artist in Residence to the John Hayes Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he played weekly concerts on the largest residence pipe organ in the world. PBS TV did an hour special on Andersen and the Castle in 1995.
International Artists Records signed Andersen in 1974 and he moved to New York, where he took a position as staff arranger for NBC. While at that position he frequently performed around the world and began recording his now more than 30 albums. He continues his recording and concert career with solo hand bell artist Lynn Andersen. He is the host for the weekly television show, “Crescendo,” which features classical and sacred music.