Divine duo’s chapel debut planned for New Year

by Shannon Rae Gentry
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Supplied photo by Chris Lang 

Cellist Christopher Johns and pianist Domonique Launey will perform at Kenan Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m.

Coming in January 2013, Kenan Chapel concert series will present “A Divine Duo of Cello and Piano” with Christopher Johns and Domonique Launey on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m., with a reception to follow at the the Country Club of Landfall. Free tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Northeast Regional Library.

Though tickets are free, Kenan Chapel accepts and encourages donations to continue to provide the community with concerts like these. Tickets go quickly for these concerts, said Kenan Chapel events promoter Betsey Leuchs.

Even though the concert isn’t until the second week of January, Leuchs recommended that anyone interested in attending this concert should get tickets as soon as they become available on Jan. 2. 

“Often the tickets are all taken within a few hours,” she said. 

Leuchs also said that the post-concert reception is not one to miss. 

“The reception that follows at the country club is beautiful,” she said. “Everyone is welcomed for appetizers and hors d’oeuvres.”

One half of the featured duo, Christopher Johns, graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in cello performance. Johns also earned his masters in cello performance from the University of Georgia in Athens, where he was a cellist with the UGA Symphony and performed in Carnegie Hall in 2004 with the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, founded by Levon Ambartsumian at the world-renowned Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Since returning to Wilmington in 2008, Johns has been a cello instructor and coordinator of the Community Music Academy for the UNCW Music Department; has worked with various local and regional recording artists, and has been a featured soloist with the Tallis Chamber Orchestra and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. 

Featured with Christopher Johns is pianist, Domonique Launey. While living in Wilmington, Launey performs multiple concerts each year, and is also the pianist for the Cape Fear Chamber Players.

Launey has performed nationally and internationally as a solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist throughout the United States, Europe and Jamaica. A native of Baton Rouge, La., Launey earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Texas, where she was the recipient of multiple awards, including first place in the Wideman International Piano Concerto Competition. 

For more information and audio samples of each artist, visit Christopher Johns’ website at www.chrisjohnscello.com and for Dominique Launey, go to www.domoniquelauney.com

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