Visiting Artists Series presents an evening of art songs at Mercyhurst


Noted vocalists Jane Bunnell and Marc Embree will perform an evening of art songs at Mercyhurst University on Monday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m., joined by collaborative pianist Steven Mosteller. The program will include the music of Schubert, Reger, Brahms, Ravel, Carpenter and Hoagy Carmichael.

The husband-wife duo will also work with Mercyhurst music students in a master class on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. Both events are in Walker Recital Hall (in the Hirt Academic Center) and are open to the public free of charge as part of the Terry and Margaret M. Roche Visiting Artists Series. 

Mezzo-soprano Jane Bunnell has enjoyed an illustrious international career for almost 30 years. She has an especially long association with the Metropolitan Opera, where she has sung 30 roles in more than 350 performances, including new productions of Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Otello, Les Troyens, Faust and Roméo et Juliette and the Metropolitan Opera premieres of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Wolf-Ferrari’s Sly. She has also recorded with the Met for Sony/BMG and has toured in Europe and Japan.

She has sung with opera companies around the world and has appeared in concert with the Boston Symphony, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. She was on the faculty of New York University for nine years and in 2006 joined the faculty at DePaul University School of Music.

A respected singing actor, baritone Marc Embree was a principal singer with the New York City Opera for several seasons and has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. His extensive repertoire boasts such roles as Wotan, Iago, Conte d'Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Scarpia and the Four Villains in Les contes d'Hoffman.

He received critical acclaim for his performance of Frank Marraunt in the Berlin Ludwigshafen production of Kurt Weill's Street Scene. Filmed for television, it has been released on DVD and broadcast worldwide, including on the BRAVO Channel. Recent highlights include live television broadcasts of Wozzeck (Doctor) and Das Rheingold (Fasolt) from the Bellas Artes in Mexico City; Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe with the Augusta Opera; Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse with the Nashville Opera; and Hindemith's Das Nusch-Nuschi at Avery Fisher Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra.

Steven Mosteller joined DePaul University as associate professor of opera and music director of the DePaul Opera Theatre last year. An established figure on New York podiums, he made his New York City Opera debut in 1993, conducting the 1904 version of Madama Butterfly. A conductor there for 15 seasons, he has conducted at both the State Theater and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and served as music director for the Festival de Otoño in Madrid, Spain, in a joint presentation by City Opera guest artists and the City Orchestra of Madrid.

He was an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera for five years and music director for the New Jersey Opera for five seasons. He has a wide repertoire of operas, including Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, Tosca, Falstaff, Naughty Marietta, Carmen, Die Zauberflöte and Romeo et Juliette.

The Visiting Artists Series at Mercyhurst, founded and directed by music professor Albert Glinsky, Ph.D., is marking its 25th anniversary season. A generous gift from the Terry and Margaret M. Roche Family has endowed the series, enabling it to continue offering unique musical events to the Mercyhurst community and the Erie region completely free of charge.

Two more events are planned during the 2013-14 season. “Tabla for Two” on Feb. 10 will feature Masood Omari and Erie native Abigail Adams Greenway on the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument. Mercyhurst students will perform the songs of Kerrigan and Lowdermilk on March 24, and musical theater stars Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk will offer a master class the following day.

For more information, contact Krista Lamb at 814-824-2394.

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