Alumni return as Visiting Artists March 25

At 8 p.m. on Monday, March 25, two distinguished alumni of the D’Angelo School of Music, Elizabeth Sederburg ‘92, mezzo soprano, and Robert Frankenberry ‘91, tenor, will present a double recital in the Taylor Little Theatre at Mercyhurst College as part of the D’Angelo School of Music Visiting Artists Series. Since both artists are also accomplished pianists, a unique feature of the recital will be that the two performers will take turns accompanying each other.

The concert will feature arias, art songs and duets spanning five centuries, including works of Henry Purcell, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Ravel, excerpts from Bizet’s “Carmen,” and recent compositions by William Bolcom (Five Cabaret Songs), and the composer Roger Zahab (“Intimate Lines”). 

As is traditional with the visiting artists series, Sederburg and Frankenberry will follow their recital with a masterclass for current voice students at the D'Angelo School of Music. That will be held in the Taylor Little Theatre at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. Teaching on the same stage where they frequently performed as Mercyhurst students, the artists will bring their residency full cycle as role models for a new generation.

Both Frankenberry and Sederburg have had distinguished performing careers since leaving Mercyhurst. Both have appeared at the Pittsburgh Opera, and in major cities around the country. In addition, each has made a New York debut, and has been associated with many prominent performers, conductors and composers. 

Dr. Albert Glinsky, professor of music at Mercyhurst, admits he is particularly excited about this month’s offering. Glinsky founded the D’Angelo School of Music Visiting Artists Series in 1988.

“It’s gratifying to see the series come of age in this way,” he said. “I think Mercyhurst can be especially proud that two of its own are coming back in such an accomplished and professional capacity, and with such a list of major artistic achievements behind them. I would like to encourage everyone in the community to come out for these special events.”

Admission for the recital is $7.50; $5 for students and seniors; $3 for children and those with a President's Card. The master class is free and open to the public. 

For more information, contact the D'Angelo School of Music at (814) 824-2394

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