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Piano and Vocal Music Highlights KSC Faculty Recital

Elizabeth Blood will perform music for piano and voice with guest artist Scott MacLeod, baritone.
Elizabeth Blood will perform music for piano and voice with guest artist Scott MacLeod, baritone.

KEENE, N.H. 8/9/05 - Music for piano and voice will be showcased in the first Keene State College Faculty and Guest Artists’ Recital of the academic year at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. New music faculty member Elizabeth Blood, piano, and guest artist Scott MacLeod, baritone, will perform works by Debussy, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, and Williams. The recital is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Department of Music at 603-358-2177.

Blood, a native of Manchester, N.H., who returned to New England to begin teaching at Keene State this fall, and MacLeod, who recently performed as Giuseppe in Opera North’s production of The Gondoliers in Hanover, N.H., will open the Aug. 31 recital with Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.

They also will perform Claude Debussy’s Le Promenoir des Deux Amants and three songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The second half of the program will feature Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams and five spirituals arranged by H.T. Burleigh.

Blood and MacLeod began a long-standing partnership during their undergraduate years at Northwestern University that continued during their graduate studies at Florida State University (FSU). Their mutual fondness for choral music, opera, musical theater, and lighter musical fare has allowed them to perform in concert halls, churches, nursing homes, and other settings.

In May, Blood graduated from Florida State with a master’s of music in opera coaching. She also holds a master’s in accompanying from FSU. As a pianist and coach, she has worked with young artists at Opera in the Ozarks, Brevard Music Center, the Tanglewood Institute, and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. An enthusiastic musical theater fan, Blood has served as a coach/accompanist for musical theater productions at FSU, Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, Mass., and Seaside Music Theater in Daytona Beach, Fla.

MacLeod was awarded the prestigious Florida State University Fellowship while completing a master’s degree at FSU. He has sung professionally with Opera Omaha, the Tucson Symphony, Central City Opera, the Mobile Opera, Utah Opera, the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Legacy Chorale of Salt Lake City, Opera in the Ozarks, Opera Birmingham, and the Coro Nacional de Costa Rica.

Located off Wyman Way, the Redfern Arts Center is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the box office, 603-358-2168, at least two weeks before the recital.

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