In this duo format, John is joined by Markus Compton on keyboard. This artful program mines the rich character of Baroque masters, showcasing the earthy pluck of the banjo. The duo perform works from John’s recent CD recording: Classical Banjo: The Perfect Southern Art. Selections include Partita in E minor by G.P. Telemann, Sonata in G minor by J.S. Bach (BWV1030b) and Concerto in D minor by Alessandro Marcello. John also includes a set of his captivating solo banjo transcriptions.This live music series on Wednesday evenings features a variety of music genres. Each concert is 45-60 minutes and you can purchase a single ticket or a subscription to all eight concerts in the fall series for a discount. (See event called Music for Dessert Subscription).
Over the course of his performing and recording career, John Bullard has invited audiences to share in a transformative revelation: to experience the artistic marriage of banjo and classical music. As a classically trained musician and the first graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music to earn a degree in performance with the banjo, John Bullard has established a critically praised performing and recording career dedicated to exploring the artistic marriage of banjo and classical music.
Markus Compton is no stranger to the music scene in metropolitan Washington, D.C., Richmond and the Williamsburg areas. He graduated suma cum laude and holds degrees in Music Education and Keyboard Collaboration from George Mason University. He is also a Fulbright scholar having studied German Lieder and French Melodie at the Musickvrein in Vienna, Austria. Currently, Mr. Compton is the Artistic Director for the Richmond Choral Society and serves as Director of Music and Pianist at Hebron Presbyterian Church, in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia.