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Award-winning musicians to perform ‘Comedy Tonight!’ on Oct. 23

October 13, 2016

A trio of award-winning musicians will bring a program of humorous classical vocal duets, songs and arias to the stage at 4 p.m. Oct. 23 in the recital hall in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

Comedy, both subtle and overt, will be showcased in works by composers ranging from audience favorites Donizetti, Offenbach, Poulenc and Satie to contemporary American songwriters such as Stephen Sondheim, William Bolcom, Lori Laitman and Donald Swan. The program will include a duet from Donizetti's "Don Pasquale," and arias from Offenbach's operetta "La Perichole" and Henry Mollicone's Noah's Ark-themed opera "Hotel Eden."

"We are delighted to have musicians of this caliber come and perform on campus, and also work publicly with our aspiring singers," said Colleen Davis, a member of the Indiana State University voice faculty. "We are so fortunate that these events are supported by a travel grant through their faculty positions in the outstanding music program at Brigham Young University and are free to the public."

In addition to the 4 p.m. concert, the guest vocalists will offer a public master class to selected students of the Indiana State University School of Music at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in the LCPFA recital hall.

Soprano Diane Thueson Reich won first place in the Vera Scammon International S.O.S. Voice Competition, was a finalist with The American Prize in Vocal Performance in both art song and opera/operetta divisions, and is a multiple Metropolitan Opera Audition winner in both the Indiana and Utah Districts. Reich has appeared with numerous professional opera and theater companies throughout the United States and abroad.

Robert Brandt, baritone, won the Pierre Bernac prize for best French song performance in the 2014 Mary Trueman Art Song competition, and his performance of Barber's "Dover Beach" inspired the Philadelphia Inquirer to praise his "... ideal diction and the kind of fine, uncluttered sound that makes one understand this as one of Barber's small masterpieces."

Thueson Reich and Brandt will be joined by pianist Scott Holden, first prize winner of the 1996 Leschetizky International Piano Competition and of the Horowitz Prize from the Juilliard School.

Holden has performed in more than 35 states, as well as in Canada, Mexico, England, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Hungary and China. His debut recital in Carnegie Hall led the New York Concert Review to write: "Mr. Holden is a winner - right from the beginning - beautiful tone, sound technique and the ability to transform notes on a page into a distinctly personal statement." He has appeared in Alice Tully Hall and The Kennedy Center, and his performances have been broadcast on NPR, NBC and many local networks.

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Contact: Colleen Davis, associate professor of voice, Indiana State University School of Music, colleen.davis@indstate.edu or 812-237-2746

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A trio will bring a program of humorous classical vocal duets, songs and arias to the stage at 4 p.m. Oct. 23 in the recital hall in the Landini Center. They will also offer a public master class to selected students at 7 p.m.

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