Two gifted artists will come together for an evening of classical charm on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Prior-Jollek Hall on St. Thomas, presented by The Forum.

Jeffrey Skyes, pianst, acclaimed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as “a commanding solo player, the most supportive of accompanists, and a leader in chamber music,” is one of the three founding members of the San Francisco Piano Trio, the founder and artistic director of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society of Wisconsin and for 18 years, has served as the music director of Opera for the Young. He has performed along the Danube river, with the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, in the U.S. Virgin Islands and a Carnegie Hall recital.

Sykes has also recorded for the Albany, CRI, Mandala, Centaur, and Cactus Pear record labels.

Joseph Johnson is the principal cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since the 2009/2010 season, serves as principal cellist of the Santa Fe Opera and was acting principal cellist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. Johnson has held the same position with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and was a member of The Minnesota Orchestra cello section for 11 years.

Johnson also is assistant professor of cello at the University of Toronto. He has conducted numerous master classes for a wide range of institutions and ensembles and has recently celebrated the release of his album with pianist Victor Asuncion featuring the Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich Sonatas. Johnson performs on a magnificent Paolo Castello cello crafted in Genoa in 1780. He uses Jarger Superior brand strings exclusively.

Tickets for Thursday’s concert are $25; teachers $10; students free. They are on sale at the Medicine Shoppe (Havensight), Frenchtown Deli, Chelsea Drugstore (Red Hook) and at the Antilles School administration office, or online at

Small meals, wine, water, tapas and dessert from Amalia Café will be served starting one hour before and during intermission. For pre-orders call Amalia Café at 340-714-7373.

On Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon, Sykes and Johnson will host a Master Class for all high school and UVI students, educators and members of the community at The Music Building on the University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas campus.

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