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February 22, 2006

UMBC Presents Pianist Rachel Franklin and Mezzo Soprano Patricia Green in Concert

Saturday, March 11, 2006
8 pm
UMBC Fine Arts Recital Hall

Media contact:
Tom Moore
Director of Arts & Culture

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The Department of Music’s Faculty Recital Series presents soprano Patricia Green and pianist Rachel Franklin in concert. Their program, Lieder and Life Connections, features the songs of Robert Schumann and his circle and commemorates the 150th anniversary of Schumann’s death.

The two performers renew a long-standing collaboration to explore an exquisite selection of songs by Robert Schumann, his wife and muse Clara, and his close friends Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn and Mendelssohn's gifted sister Fanny Hensel. The music and texts used by these five composers are thoughtfully juxtaposed to reveal hidden subtleties of their complex relationships with each other, and provide insights into the social and historical currents that shaped their work.

Mezzo soprano Patricia Green has gained acclaim for her expressive voice, noted for its three-octave ease in diverse repertoire. Her international career includes performances with L’Orchestre de Radio-France, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Northern Israel Philharmonic, the Theater Chamber Players, Washington Bach Consort, Vancouver New Music, Onafhankelijk Collective, Bethlehem Bach Society, and New Music Concerts (Toronto). Her performances with conductors Pierre Boulez, Leonard Slatkin, Reinbert de Leeuw, Peter Eötvös, Pascal Rophé and Sir David Willcocks have been broadcast internationally on both television and radio. As a performer of new music, she is sought out by international composers. She has recordings on Newport Classics, Albany Records, and Live Unity Productions. Ms. Green received the Artist Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory, winning the George Castelle Prize. She teaches at the University of Western Ontario.

As a Pro Musicis International Award winner, British pianist Rachel Franklin gave her solo debuts in Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, and Jordan Hall, Boston. The Boston Globe enthused about her “beautiful differentiations of color, touch and texture” and described a performance on her solo debut CD as “not the recorded performances by Cortot and Rubinstein.” She has also given European Pro Musicis solo debuts in Paris and Rome. She is on the faculty of the Department of Music at UMBC.

Admission is $7 general, $3 for senior citizens, free for all students, and free with a UMBC ID.
Tickets are available through MissionTix or by calling MissionTix at 410-752-8950.
Tickets will also be available at the door (cash or check only) immediately prior to the concert.

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Posted by tmoore at February 22, 2006 3:03 PM