Concert features Winstead, Ruffin

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Elizabeth Winstead, soprano, will be collaborating with Dexter Ruffin, piano, in presenting an evening of great sacred music for the Feb. 9 Space for Grace concert at First Christian Church. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Winstead is a frequent soloist who regularly appears in concerts, recitals and theatrical productions. She is equally at home on the opera, oratorio or concert stage. After many years of teaching at Barton College and Methodist University, Winstead recently opened The Singers Studio in downtown Wilson where she offers voice and other music lessons.

Winstead also enjoys conducting and directing. She recently conducted a concert version of music from “Les Miserables” for the Jonathon Scott Bennett Memorial Scholarship. In addition, she has served as musical director for theatrical productions for Theatre at Barton, ACT For Youth, Methodist University Theater and Playhouse of Wilson. Elizabeth has also spent many years conducting church and community choirs, including the Tar River Chorus, Playhouse Choral Society and the Methodist University Women’s Chorus.

She is a native of Wilson and earned degrees from Meredith College and East Carolina University.

Dexter Ruffin is also a native of Wilson. At the age of 9, he taught himself to play the piano by ear. His remarkable talent was soon discovered, and he was given professional training by Nancy Ping-Robbins of Wilson, Henry Doskey of the East Carolina University School of Music and Eric Larsen at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance. 

In 2006 he won the North Carolina School of the Arts Concerto Competition performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

To learn how you can help support this series, contact Casey Childers, minister of music at First Christian, 252-237-4125. First Christian is located at 207 Tarboro St. N. in Wilson, at the corner of Vance and Tarboro streets.

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Other concerts include an April 13, event with Tunisia Bullock, flute, and Casey Childers, piano. On May 11, hear Joel Gay, baritone, and Casey Childers, piano.