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Otterbein Department of Music to Host Guest Tenor Daniel Neer

March 07, 2017
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Department of Music will host guest artist Daniel Neer, tenor, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. This event is free and open to the public. 

Neer will be joined by Timothy Huffman and guests for an afternoon recital of art song including Scottish folk melodies set to poetry of Robert Burns; songs of Claude Debussy and Sergei Rachmaninoff; and traditional classical Japanese songs rarely heard in the United States. Also featured will be the world premiere of Ellis Island, a new vocal chamber music work by Otterbein composition faculty Jennifer Bernard Merkowitz, set to poetry by Neer. 

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at  http://www.otterbein.edu/music. For more information about this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1596165274023502/.

About the Artist:
Daniel Neer enjoys a uniquely diverse career as a singer, librettist and lyricist, with performing and writing interests ranging from vocal chamber music and art song to musical theater, contemporary opera and multimedia projects. His concert appearances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Guggenheim Museum, Morgan Library, The Apollo, Chicago Art Institute, Bar Harbor Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival, and with such groups as Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Gotham Chamber Opera, Metropolis Ensemble, Vox Vocal Ensemble, Trinity Wall Street, Opera Slavica, Ekmeles, Two Sides Sounding, Vertical Player Repertory and Mark Morris Dance Company. Recent engagements in new works for stage and concert include Mata Hari by Matt Marks and Paul Peers for HERE/Prototype Festival, Crossing by Matt Aucoin for American Repertory Theater (directed by Diane Paulus), Numinous City by Pete Wyer for Royal Opera House Convent Garden ROHII, Many Many Women by Petr Kotik for Ostrava Days Festival, Strange Birds by Joe Diebes for the Tramway, The Secret Agent by Michael Dellaira for Center for Contemporary Opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwartz for American Opera Projects, Strange Fruit by Chandler Carter for Harlem School for the Arts and New York City Opera, Arjuna’s Dilemma by Douglas Cuomo for New York City Opera’s Vox, Yoav Gal’s Three Weeks for the LABA Program, and The Iliad / The Odyssey for the Lensic Theater produced by Music-Theatre Group. He has portrayed over 100 roles in regional theater, opera, operetta and musical theater, including seven seasons at Ohio Light Opera as a featured player in revived and rarely produced works from the early American music theater, Viennese operetta and British music hall traditions. Broadway credits include two original productions: the Tony-award winning production of Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème and the UK’s National Theatre production of Coram Boy, directed by Melly Still. As a writer, Neer is the librettist on four collaborations: Chandler Carter’s Mercury Falling for Long Leaf American Opera Festival, Sidney Boquiren’s Odes to Earth and Air for Adelphi University, Matthew Welch’s And Here We Are with Experiments in Opera, and Sidney Boquiren’s Independence Eve, developed by American Opera Projects and set to make its June 2017 World Premiere by UrbanArias in Washington DC.  Current libretti in progress include Sa’eed and Maya with Ronnie Reshef and Park51 with Alex Burtzos. As a lyricist for new chamber music and song projects, his collaborations include BQE with Robin McClellan for the Queens New Music Festival, Bruce Bailey with Daniel Felsenfeld for Two Sides Sounding, Gitchee Gumee with Jonathan David for Bar Harbor Music Festival, Summer 1976 with Kim Sherman and Gursky Songs with Alex Burtzos for music/poetry|poetry/music at Opera America, The Good Doctor Windhager by Ronnie Reshef for The Secret Opera song competition (winner), and HAIKU NYC with Ellen Mandel for the BEAT Festival at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Upcoming projects include the March 2017 world premiere of Ellis Island with Jennifer Bernard Merkowitz for tenor, piano, clarinet and cello in Columbus, Ohio. Neer has recorded for Dreamworks, Albany, Newport Classics and Naxos labels. He studied music and theater at The Ohio State University, University of Michigan and the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. danielneer.com

 

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