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KSC Voice Faculty Featured in Spectrum Series Recital

KEENE, N.H. 9/4/02 Keene State College music faculty Carroll Lehman, bass- baritone, Pamela Stevens, mezzo-soprano, and Diane Cushing, soprano, will sing in the second Spectrum Series recital on Friday, Sept. 27.

The recital begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond on the KSC campus. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth age 17 or younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

Keene State artist-in-residence George Loring, piano, will accompany Lehman, Stevens, and Cushing as they sing old Italian arias, a group of opera arias and ensembles, and the humorous Cat Duet by Rossini. Songs from the Romantic period, including works by Fauré, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky, will be performed. The program will include lighter songs from Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof, and several blues numbers.

Dr. Lehman, a member of the Keene State music faculty since 1978, is the director of the KSC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir. He is also conductor and music director of the Monadnock Chorus in Peterborough. As a bass- baritone, he has performed more than 20 principal roles in opera and many of the bass solos in the major choral works. He has performed as soloist with the Nashua, New Hampshire, and Vermont symphonies, with choral groups in Concord, Keene, Peterborough, Nashua, Plymouth, and Manchester; and with numerous groups in the Northwest and Midwest.

Mezzo-soprano Pamela Stevens teaches voice at Keene State and enjoys a career in opera, oratorio, and recital. She has received critical acclaim performing starring and featured roles on many stages and has sung the major oratorios with many organizations in New England, and with the Oregon Bach Festival Choir. Stevens has been soloist on concert tours to Spain, Portugal, Greece, South Africa, and Scandinavia. This summer she appeared in a principal role in Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky performed by Opera North.

Diane Cushing is a vocal instructor at Keene State and in the Gardner School System. She has performed as a member of Boston Baroque, and as a soloist with the Master Works Chorale of Boston, the Hamilton Baroque Ensemble, the Cape Cod Chorale, the Bach Society, the Neponsett Choral Society, and the Thayer Symphony Orchestra. Cushing most recently performed music of American Composers at Queens College.

The Spectrum Series, a kaleidoscope of four centuries of music performed by Keene States internationally acclaimed faculty and guest artists, is sponsored by the KSC Department of Music. In addition to the Sept. 27 concert, the Spectrum Series includes concerts on Feb. 14, March 12, and April 9. All start at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall.

The Friday, Feb. 14, recital will feature works composed by KSC faculty and the Wednesday, March 12 and April 9, recitals will offer eclectic programs performed by faculty and guests.

For further information about the Spectrum Series, and to order tickets, call the box office at 603-358-2168.

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