Brahms Suite featuring Laurie Robertson, soprano, accompanied by pianist Eleanor Ekins
This is the truly classical portion of Assemblé. As Ms. Robertson sings the music of Brahms, the dancers join her on stage to perform in beautiful tulle costumes en pointe. LCCB has been working on this collaboration with Ms. Robertson for two years and is so happy our schedules could be coordinated for Assemblé 2015.
CHOREOGRAPHER: Lady Holly Hathaway
SOPRANO: Laurie Robertson
PIANIST : Eleanor Elkins
DANCERS: Jaina Ange, Hannah Arabie, Grace Helms, Graceanne LaCombe, Claudia Mayo, Abbie Grace Milligan, Gabrielle Saucier, Sara Beth Stewart
Laurie Robertson, soprano, earned a B.S. in Psychology from McNeese State University and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Houston. As a student she won 1st place in the Moores School of Music Concerto Competition and sang Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with the Moores Symphony Orchestra. She also performed as a soloist with the Moores School Concert Chorale at the national conference of the American Choral Director’s Association. Ms. Robertson has performed solo roles in many oratorios and chamber works, including Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, The Creation by Franz Joseph Haydn, Laud to the Nativity of Ottorino Respighi, Requiem by John Rutter, Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Ms. Robertson is in her eighth year as the Lower School music teacher at Presbyterian School in Houston, Texas. She is currently a staff singer at Christ Church Cathedral and is a member of the Houston Chamber Choir.
Pianist Eleanor Elkins is a native of Lake Charles and studied with Lady Leah LaFargue for one memorable year before realizing her talents lay elsewhere. As a student of Dr. Fred Sahlmann, she won LMTA State Rally, soloed with the Lake Charles Civic Symphony, and was named “Outstanding Musician of the Year” as a high school senior. Further musical studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder led to both the MM and DMA in piano performance and faculty appointments at universities in South Dakota, Tennessee, Colorado, and Texas. She currently resides in Lake Charles and serves the community as a collaborative pianist, teacher, and church musician.