Winter Festival Concert on December 6
Madison, NJ (November 16, 2004)— The public is invited to enjoy a Winter Festival Concert on Monday, December 6, 2004, at 7:30 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, The Mansion on FDU’s College of Florham campus in Madison, NJ. There is no admission charge.
The FDU Chorus will join five well-known professional artists, who teach music at Fairleigh Dickinson, in presenting an eclectic program of vocal music, classical guitar and piano. These artists have strong individual followings but appear here on the same program — a rare treat for music lovers.
The FDU Chorus, a student organization, is under the direction of Allen Cohen, assistant professor of music, who has been a professional composer, arranger, conductor, vocal coach and pianist in New York City. He has conducted three musicals on Broadway, scored films, plays, and commercials for radio and television as well as authoring several books. The Chorus will perform two selections by the Beatles, “The Silver Swan” by Gibbons, “Never Never Land” from Peter Pan and the traditional “Carol of the Bells.”
Classical guitarist Leon Bernardyn, who joined the University’s Visual and Performing Arts faculty in 2001, is an active part of the New York City music scene. He is a founding member of the New York Guitar Quartet and performs regularly throughout North America. At the December 6 concert, Bernardyn will play Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Prelude No.1 in E Minor," Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven", and Manuel de Falla's "Dance of the Miller".
Mark Embree, baritone, was a principal singer with the New York City Opera for several seasons and has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Canada and Mexico. He is a respected singing actor, receiving critical acclaim for his performance of Frank Marraunt in the Berlin/Ludwigshafen production of Kurt Weill's "Street Scene". Embree teaches voice at FDU.
Mezzo-soprano Jane Bunnell began her career with the Metropolitan Opera 14 years ago with her critically acclaimed debut as Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. She has appeared in many Metropolitan Opera productions and this year will appear in La nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly and Faust. She often performs in recital with her husband Mark Embree. Bunnell teaches voice at Fairleigh Dickinson.
Tricia Tunstall is a pianist who performs regularly in the metropolitan area, most recently with soprano Lori Mirabal at the Two Town in Harmony concert in October. For the Winter Festival Concert, she will offer Franz Schubert's "Impromptu in A flat minor" and Donald Johnston's preludes "Good Knight Aaron" and "Petros". Ms. Tunstall maintains a piano studio in Maplewood, NJ, with more than forty-five students. At Fairleigh Dickinson, she teaches piano.
For further information, call 973-443-8661