Joel Fan

Joel Fan, acclaimed Steinway Artist, will perform at Cherry Hill on Sunday, October 20th. The program, which will begin at 3:00 PM, will include works by Beethoven, Chopin, and Evan Ziporyn and Christine Southworth.

            Joel Fan has performed over 40 different concertos with orchestras worldwide including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Odessa Philharmonic, and London Sinfonietta, with conductors such as David Zinman, Alan Gilbert, Keith Lockhart, Zubin Mehta and David Robertson. In collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma as a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, Mr. Fan has appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and on the popular nationally-televised programs Good Morning America and Late Night with David Letterman.

            Joel Fan currently serves as Artistic Director of the Open Source Music Festival, He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where his teachers included the composer Leon Kirchner. He holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. He has recorded for Sony Classical, Reference Recordings, Verdant World Records, and Albany Records.

            A reception will follow the performance. The entire 1858 home of the Alston family  will be open for touring. Admissions will be taken at the door, with adults at $10, students at $5, and children under 13 admitted at no charge.            For more information call 252-257-5259


Lyrics Quartet
Lyricosa Quartet

            The Cherry Hill Historical Foundation will open its fall concert season with a performance by Lyricosa Quartet on Sunday, September 22nd. The performance will begin at 3:00 PM.

            The string quartet features violinist Carol Chang, concertmaster of the North Carolina Opera. Ms. Chung also plays regularly with the North Carolina Symphony, teaches violin, and serves on the faculty of the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute. She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

            Julia Reeves is a violinist who teaches at the Duke University String School. She holds her Bachelor of Music from Ohio University, her Master’s from the University of Minnesota, and her Doctorate from UNC Greensboro.

            Simon Ertz is Principal Viola of the Winston-Salem Symphony and is also a member of the Greensboro Symphony. After graduating from UK’s Royal Northern College of Music, Dr. Ertz worked with several orchestras across the UK. In the United States he has performed in many venues across the country as a member of the Degas Quartet. Since moving to North Carolina, he has completed a Doctoral of Musical Arts at UNC Greensboro and now teaches at North Carolina State University.

            Rosalind Leavell regularly performs with the North Carolina Opera orchestra and the North Carolina Symphony. She received her bachelor’s in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She was formerly the Principal Cellist of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota. Ms. Leavell is on the faculty of Triangle Area Suzuki Talent Education and the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute. She also teaches  cello privately to students of all ages and levels.

            During Sunday’s performance the group will play the String Quartet in F Major by Haydn, the String Quartet No. 3 in D Major by Beethoven, and the String Quartet in F Major by Ravel. The Classical Voice of North Carolina has lauded Lyricosa for their “beautiful, rich tone…and stylish phrasing”. Formed in the spring of 2018, their combined goal is to reach a vast depth of intimacy and understanding in each work they play and to share that journey with their audiences.

            Admission to the event will be $10 for adults, $5 for students, and no charge for children under 13 and will be taken at the door. A reception will be held in the dining room and parlors of the 1858 plantation house, which will be open for touring after the concert.

            For further information and driving directions, call 252-257-5259.


The David Esleck Trio will give a performance of jazz music at Cherry Hill on Sunday, July 14th. Dr. Esleck performed solo at the piano in 2018 and is returning with his trio by popular demand. The program will begin at 3:00 PM, and admissions will be taken at the door. This is the fourth annual Edwina Rooker Endowed Concert, established in honor of the late Warrenton resident and long-time friend of the Cherry Hill Historical Foundation.

Dr. David Esleck

Dr. Esleck, adjunct professor of music at the University of Richmond, includes performing, composing, producing and educating in his life’s work. He appears frequently in concerts and recitals, both as a piano soloist and with his jazz trio. His recordings have been nominated for both Grammy and Indie awards, and he has performed for Presidents, heads of state, CEO’s, Hollywood stars, and with well-known musical groups. His compositions, both jazz and classical, are heard in concerts, films, and on television. A trained composer, Dr.Esleck holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in the discipline.

Musical arrangements for piano, cello, and percussion will be announced during the program. 

Admission charges are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and no charge for children 12 and below.

A reception will be held in the historic plantation house following the performance.

For more information about Cherry Hill and driving directions to the venue, call 252-257-5259.


The spring concert season at Cherry Hill continues on June 16th with the annual student recital, performed this year by outstanding pianist Timothy Jones. Each year a student is recommended by his or her teacher for consideration as the young musician of the year at Cherry Hill. This student must show unusual promise of mastery in his or her chosen musical field.  

Timothy Jones

At the age of 21, Timothy Jones has already established himself as a highly accomplished solo, chamber, and collaborative pianist. He has recently won first prize in the MTNA National Young Artists Competition, which required 3 first prize performances up and down the east coast. He has also been a prizewinner of various other competitions, including the Russel C. Wonderlic Competition. Timothy’s recent performances have taken place at the Aspen Institute on the Wye River, University of North Carolina School  of the Arts, Peabody Institute, and Harris Hall (Aspen Music Festival).

Timothy has studied privately with Douglas Humphereys, and Anton Nel and has participated in masterclasses with Robert McDonald, John Perry, Richard Goode, and Leon Fleisher. He has recently graduated from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and will be pursuing his Master’s degree in the fall at the University of Texas at Austin with renowned pianist and pedagogue Anton Nel.

The program will consist of music of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Grieg.

The 3:00 PM performance is one of two free concerts sponsored by the Cherry Hill Historic Foundation each year. A reception will follow the performance.

For additional information, call 252-257-5250.


Marc Callahan, bass-baritone, and pianist Clara Yang will present selections of French songs as well as works of Zhou Long and Georges Bizet at Cherry Hill on Sunday, May 19th. The two musicians, both assistant professors in the music department at UNC-Chapel Hill, have collaborated to bring an afternoon of lyrical compositions to the 3:00 PM performance. 

Dr. Marc Callahan

            Dr. Callahan, a Pennsylvania native, received his Bachelor’s Degree from Oberlin College and his Master’s and Doctor’s degrees from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.  As a Rotary Scholar, Dr. Callahan was able to pursue his studies in France.  His performance career has taken him around the world, singing at prestigious opera houses both in the United States and abroad.  Opera Magazine has reviewed him as “a powerful baritone, providing a wickedly glamorous tone”. 

Dr. Clara Yang

            Dr. Yang is described by Fanfareas “a first-rate pianist who isn’t afraid of challenges”. The Chinese-American musician has performed in notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Remonstrantse Kerk in The Netherlands, the Seymour Centre in Sydney, Australia, and numerous other sites in the United States and abroad. A sought-after teacher, Dr. Yang has frequently given masterclasses in Spain, London, and at Duke University. She has given solo recitals in major conservatories and universities internationally, and is an avid chamber musician.

            The concert will be followed by a reception in the 1858 plantation house, which will be open for touring after the program. Admissions will be taken at the door, with adults at $10, students at $5, and children 12 and under admitted at no charge.

            For further information and driving directions, call 252-257-5259.


Solomon Eichner
Solomon Eichner

The directors of the Cherry Hill Concert Series are pleased to welcome Solomon Eichner in his debut performance on the Inez plantation’s  concert grand. The youthful pianist has received outstanding reviews, and was declared by the American Liszt Society as “A sensitive pianist, Solomon’s playing is poetic, beautiful and moving with deep feeling”. Equally at home with solo, chamber and concerto performances, American pianist Solomon Eichner has established himself as an exciting versatile artist known for his commanding interpretations of the romantic keyboard repertoire.

Dr. Eichner is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the University of South Carolina where he received a full scholarship to complete his studies for his Doctorate in Piano. The April 28thperformance will feature works of Chopin, Paderewski, Debussy, and Faure.

The performance will begin at 3:00 PM. A reception will follow the program, and the entire 1858 plantation house will be open for viewing. 

Admissions will be  taken at the door, with adults at $10, students at $5, and children 12 and under admitted at no charge.

For travel directions and further information call 252-257-5259.


The Oakwood Waits, an a cappellagroup from Raleigh, will perform at Cherry Hill Plantation in Inez on December 16th.The event will begin at 3:00 pm and will feature the group, dressed in antebellum costume, for their 11th visit to Cherry Hill. The performance of traditional carols and songs has been given from the Executive Mansion to the White House and has become a holiday tradition at the 1858 Inez home of the George W. Alston family. Guests are invited to enjoy refreshments and visit with the singers at a reception following the performance.

As in past years, there will be no admission charge for this annual event. However, the board of directors suggests that each guest over the age of 12 make a $5 donation to support the service building restoration project.

For further information call 252-257-5259.


Daniel SteinertPianist/organist Daniel Steinert will return to Cherry Hill on November 18th. The 3:00 PM program will feature lyric soprano Farren Hilliard and will include works by Bach, Schumann, Strauss, Brahms, Puccini, Gilbert and Sullilvan, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and other well-known composers.

Farren HilliardFarren Hilliard is from West Columbia, South Carolina. In 2015 she completed a Graduate Vocal Performance degree at Appalachian State University. She also has a BA in Comprehensive Music in Voice from Campbell University. She has performed roles in The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Kiss Me Kate, Beethoven’s 9thSymphony, Verdi’s Falstaff, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore. She now works in the Triangle area where she also teaches private voice and piano at the Cary School of Music and sings with Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill.

Daniel  Steinert is well-known in central and northern North Carolina as the founder and former music director of the Northeastern Piedmont Chorale. He spent several years as Organist/Choirmaster at Warrenton’s Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.  He has been involved with organ music all of his life and is now the director of music and organist at Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. Dr. Steinert will include works on the Cherry Hill organ during Sunday’s performance.

A reception will be held in the dining room and parlors of the antebellum plantation home following the performance. Ticket may be purchased at the door for a charge of $10 for adults, $5 for students, and no charge for children 12 and under. For further information and driving directions call  252-257-5259.


Poinsett Trio
After having performed together with great success for several years in other chamber combinations, David Gross, Deirdre Hutton, and Christopher Hutton founded the Poinsett Piano Trio in 2008.  All three members of the trio live in Greenville, South Carolina and teach at Furman University, a Liberal Arts college with a strong performance-oriented music program.  Together they have performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with orchestras in Idaho and South Carolina, and recitals in Alabama, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and  Washington, DC. The trio did international tours to New Zealand in 2010 and 2013, and to Germany in 2012.  They have performed at the Piccolo Spoleto festival and have been a “pick of the week” of the Charleston City Paper.

The ensemble is named in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett, a statesman, physician, and botanist from South Carolina.  Like the members of the trio, Poinsett had an international life and career, living in England as a child, training in medical school in Scotland, traveling extensively in Europe and South America, and later was elected to Congress before serving as Minister (ambassador) to Mexico.  Poinsett is most remembered today as the discoverer of the Mexican Poinsettia plant, whose bright red flowers are popularly included in festive Christmas decorations throughout the world.

The trio will perform Rachmaninoff’s Trio Elegique No. 1 in G minor; Beethoven’s Trio in B-flat Major,Op.11; and Brahms’ Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87. Visit the trio on the web at where audio samples of their work can be heard.

Admission prices for the concert and reception are $10 per adult and $5 for students. Children 12 and under are admitted at no charge.

For more information call 252-257-5259.





Dr. Kent Lyman will present music of Mozart, Liszt, and Beethoven at Cherry Hill on Sunday, September 23rd. The performance will begin at 3:00 PM.

Dr. Lyman is a Steinway Artist and Coordinator of Piano at Meredith College in Raleigh. He has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad in such locations as South Korea, China, Brazil, Canada, and Italy.  He is very active as a solo and collaborative performer, and is in demand as a presenter, clinician, master teacher, and adjudicator throughout the region and beyond. He has performed with a number of orchestras, including the North Carolina, Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Raleigh Civic Symphony, Florence (SC) Symphony, Broward (FL )Symphony, Meredith Sinfonietta, and others.  He holds degrees in music from the University of Utah and Indiana University, where he received his doctoral degree in piano, studying with James Tocco.

Dr. Lyman will perform Mozart’s Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor, and the Sonata in C major (Waldstein) by Beethoven.

The Cherry Hill Concert Series is presented by the Cherry Hill Historical Foundation, Inc. in the 1850’s antebellum home of the George Alston family in Inez, a community in southern Warren County.  A reception will follow the performance,and the entire house will be open for touring.

Admission will be taken at the door, with adults at $10, students at $5, and children 12 and under admitted free of charge.  For further information call 252-257-5259.