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Anima e Grazia Presents “A Romantic Bouquet” The faculty duo will perform at W&L’s Lenfest Center on May 14.

DSC05965-scaled-533x400 Anima e Grazia Presents “A Romantic Bouquet”

The Department of Music at Washington and Lee University presents a faculty recital titled “A Romantic Bouquet,” performed by Anima e Grazia on May 14 at 3 p.m. in Wilson Concert Hall in the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance is free and open to the public and will be streamed online at livestream.com/wlu.

Anima e Grazia is a local duo comprised of cellist Julia Goudimova and pianist Anna Billias. The Mother’s Day recital will feature romantic composers of the world, and Goudimova and Billias will weave their grace and passion into both the famous and the undiscovered gems of international music literature.

Billias, a lecturer in W&L’s music department, was trained as a concert pianist at the Prokofiev State Academy of Music in Donetsk, Ukraine, and graduated with advanced degrees in both performance and instruction for piano. She has performed at venues around the world and is a member of the Marlbrook Chamber Players, a well-regarded ensemble in the greater Rockbridge area.

Goudimova was born in Moscow, Russia, and began studying cello at the age of seven. After graduating from the Belarus Academy of Music, she performed with various groups in Belarus, Moldova, South Korea, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. A lecturer in the university’s music department, Goudimova is involved in symphony orchestras and chamber music performances across southwestern Virginia and is a member of the Saturn String Quartet and Marlbrook Chamber Players.