Updated: Sep 10, 2020
On October 25, 2008, Judy Bevans presented a program of early 17th and 18th Century dance music on the harpsichord in the first concert of its type at the Center. That concert was so well-received that it was the impetus for starting the classical music concert series we continue to present today. Judy has been back to perform a couple of times since then and since we cannot gather for concerts in the current climate, she has graciously agreed to allow us to share some of her music virtually with you until we can.
Judy Bevans studied Piano at the Eastman School of Music. She holds a Master of Education degree in Music from Harvard University, and a Master of Music degree in the Performance of Early Music from the New England Conservatory. After completing Early Music studies, she served as harpsichordist with the Cantabrigia Trio, performing music for flute, bassoon and harpsichord in New England.
Preferring music of the Baroque and Pre-Classical Periods, her harpsichord activities center on chamber music and the repertoire for two harpsichords. She has performed with numerous musicians in the New River Valley, including concerts at the Floyd Center Center for the Arts, Hollins University, Radford University, Virginia Tech and Shenandoah University, as well as several concerts for two keyboard instruments sponsored by the Roanoke Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Her most recent solo harpsichord concerts included Bach's "Goldberg Variations" as well as pieces by Byrd, Daquin and Scarlatti.
Judy Bevans lives in Blacksburg with her husband, Patrick, with whom she travels, bikes, hikes, gardens and listens to Bach.