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Otterbein Vocal Faculty Carolyn Redman and Helen Allen to Hold Recital

April 03, 2017
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University vocal faculty members Carolyn Redman and Helen Allen will present a shared recital with accompanist Philip Everingham at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park Street, Westerville. This event is free and open to the public.

Part of the program is traditional and starts with Henry Purcell, a middle Baroque period man, and moves through the ages into the 20th century. The other part is the program is a chamber recital — a duet recital, with soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano — which takes it a step away from the norm in the university setting. Early English music gives way to the Romantic German Lieder of Felix Mendelssohn, which in turn ushers us towards Italy and the operatic style of Gioachino Rossini. From there, the listener is transported to the sensuality and lyricism of the French contemporaries Leo Delibes, Emile Paladilhe, and Jules Massenet. There is then a return to the British Isles with the 20th century songs of Roger Quilter and Benjamin Britten, which finally capitulate to the 20th century American songs of Lee Hoiby and Leonard Bernstein.

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/340348713011214/.

About the Artists

Mezzo-soprano Carolyn Redman received her master’s and doctorate degrees in vocal performance from The Ohio State University. She has performed operatic and musical theater roles with various professional companies including Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera/Columbus, Opera Project Columbus, Columbus Light Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Weathervane Playhouse, and Lyric Opera Cleveland. She was selected as an apprentice artist with both Des Moines Metro Opera and Cincinnati Opera Young Artists programs and chosen to perform in masterclasses and performances at the Instituto Superior de Arte of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been a winner or finalist in four competitions, including a first place finish in the Opera/Columbus vocal competition. Recent roles include Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette, Martha/Ayah in The Secret Garden, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Jo in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and Countess Charlotte Malcolm in A Little Night Music. She has been a featured soloist in oratorios and other concert works with groups such as Cantari Singers, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Denison University, Early Interval, Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University, Marion Civic Chorus, Master Singers, Inc. Chorale, New Albany Symphony, Saint Joseph Cathedral, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She has been a member of the Lancaster Chorale since 2012. In addition to performing, Redman serves on the voice faculties of Kenyon College and Otterbein University.

Soprano Helen Allen earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at The Ohio State University. Allen has worked with such noted artists as Shirlee Emmons, Warren Jones, Håkan Hagegård, Mark Rucker and Martina Arroyo.  Some of her title roles include those in Die Zauberflöte, Mavra, Gianni Schicchi, La Cenerentola, Don Giovanni and Fidelio. Locally, she has appeared with Columbus Light Opera, Opera Columbus Outreach, Westerville Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, and Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra. She has made numerous appearances as a soloist in such works as Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Laud to the Nativity, Carmina Burana, and Benedicite. She has received awards for her participation in both state and national competitions and has adjudicated competitions for young singers as well. Recently, she appeared in a series of recitals with Allen McCullough, premiering the composer’s new works via a NEA grant in corroboration with Chamber Music Yellow Springs, performing around central Ohio and at Mercer and Purdue universities. Allen currently serves as a member of the voice faculty at Otterbein University, a position she has held since 2001.

Philip Everingham has collaborated with singers, choral ensembles and instrumentalists throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has coached singers in a variety of opera repertoire ranging from Mozart’s Don Giovanni to Argento’s Postcards from Morocco. He has studied collaborative piano and earned his master’s degree from Westminster Choir College and doctorate of musical arts from the University of Minnesota. He continues to study, coach and teach singers in the beautiful and neglected song of the countries of Scandinavia. In 2015, he performed throughout Iceland with the Denison Chamber Singers including such venues as Harpaa Hall in Reykjavik. He toured Finland with baritone Peter Halverson on behalf of the Yrjö Kilpinen Society where he performed at the Sibelius Academy to wide acclaim. He is currently director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Granville, where he performs as organist, conducts and supervises several ensembles, and oversees the Music series. At First Presbyterian he has conducted coached the chorus in several large works including Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat and cantatas by Bach.  As conductor of the Chancel and Festvio Bell Choirs from First Presbyterian, he toured in June 2015 throughout Scotland in such venues as St. Giles cathedral and Iona Abbey. Recent performances include singing John Rutter’s Requiem with the First Presbyterian Chancel Choir under the direction of Anton Armstrong at Carnegie Hall on March 20, 2017.

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