In The Atrium
Classical Duo Devanee Williams, Harp, & Michael Puryear, Cello
PLEASE NOTE: This performance has been postponed.
LOCATION: Walker Atrium at Walton Arts Center
TICKETS: FREE with reservation
While attending this event, please follow these protocols for your safety and the safety of others:
- Do not move tables or chairs. Stay seated at your designated table during the concert unless you are visiting concessions or the restroom.
- Wear your mask when moving through the venue and while seated at your table, unless you are actively eating or drinking.
- Wash your hands regularly. Hand sanitizing stations are available for use throughout the venue.
A proud native of Richmond, Virginia, Michael Puryear began his musical career studying with Neal Cary from the Richmond Symphony, Clyde Thomas Shaw and Vasily Popov. He received his master's degree in cello performance at Lynn University while studying under David Cole in 2019. He won numerous competitions during his collegiate career, including the concerto competitions at Shenandoah University in 2015, the Virginia Music Teachers Association in 2016 and Lynn University in 2017; and the chamber music competition at Lynn University in 2018 and 2019. He has remained active as a freelance orchestral and chamber musician, performing with the Boca Symphonia, Space Coast Symphony, Punta Gorda Symphony, among others. Puryear has performed in masterclasses for Andres Diaz, Joel Krosnick, Lynn Harrell and the Emerson String Quartet.
Devanee Williams is an active harpist in the Northwest Arkansas area. She is the principal harpist for Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and performs with Opera Fayetteville, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, among others. Williams received her degree from the University of Arkansas in 2017, where she performed the Debussy Danses with the university symphony. Her notable teachers include Tabitha Steiner of Kansas City and Alisa Coffey of Little Rock.