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Otterbein Department of Music to Host Guest Artists in Vocal Recital

September 19, 2016
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Department of Music will host a vocal recital featuring guest artists Chia-Wei Lee, Melissa Davis and Jerry Wong at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call (614) 823-1508. More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/Music.

The program will feature selections from the vocal repertoire of the mid-19th and 20th centuries, including works by some of the most well known composers of the times. Pieces will include “Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson” by Aaron Copland; “Knoxville, Summer of 1915” by Samuel Barber; “Die Loreley” by Franz Liszt; and “Liederkreis, Op. 39” by Robert Schumann.

Chia-Wei Lee is quickly establishing himself as one of the most compelling emerging baritones. His distinctively beautiful and strong baritone voice has already won him international acclaim. An extremely gifted artist, he is at home on both the operatic and concert stages. He recently made his Alice Tully Hall debut as the soloist in the Yellow River Cantata.

Jerry Wong is a graduate of Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, where he completed the doctor of musical arts degree. His major teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Ann Schein, Sara Davis Buechner and Byron Janis. He presently holds the position of associate professor of piano at Kent State University. During the summers, he is co-director of the Piano Institute at Kent State and a member of the Kent/Blossom Music faculty.

Melissa Davis, soprano, has performed with Nightingale Opera Theatre, Opera Cleveland, Opera Columbus, Akron Lyric Opera, Canton Comic Opera, The Ohio State University Opera and Kent State University Opera. She has performed as a member of the Opera Studio at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria; as a young artist at the Asian International Opera Festival, in Taipei, Taiwan; as a young artist at the Sugarcreek Symphony and Song Festival in Watseka, Illinois; and as a company member at the Huron Playhouse in Huron, Ohio. Notable roles include: Gretel in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Grete; Abigail in Robert Ward’s adaptation of The Crucible; Sophie in Jules Massenet’s Werther; Greta Fiorentino in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene; Adele in Die Fledermaus; Anna Held in the American music review Tintypes; Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro; Lucy in The Telephone; and Josephine in HMS Pinafore.

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