The Visiting Artist Series of the School of Performing Arts presents Nicholas Ross, piano. Ross is Associate Professor of Music at Sweet Briar College, where he teaches applied piano, music theory and music history. As the pianist of the James Piano Quartet, he performs with Jana Ross, violin, Joe Nigro, viola, and Wesley Baldwin, cello. The JPQ are touring artists on the roster of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and they perform throughout Virginia. They are Artists-in-Residence at the burgeoning Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, where Ross also performed with the Wintergreen Chamber Players during the past four summers. This academic year the JPQ will complete their debut recording of chamber music by Arthur Honegger. They are also involved in commissioning and performing new works. They have premiered compositions written for them by Jonathan Green, Joelle Wallach, and Kent Holliday.