For Immediate Release
November 6, 2015
Music Faculty to Present a Free Concert
In celebration of Moreno Valley College's Silver Anniversary, the College music faculty will be holding a free concert on Tuesday, November 17, at 12:50 pm in the Student Services Building, Room 101. The concert, which is open to the public, will feature singers Jon Lee Keenan, a tenor, and Natalie Mann, a soprano, who will perform with fellow faculty members Wayne Hinton on piano, and Don Foster on clarinet.
The concert is part of the College's Music@MoVal Concert series. Entitled Liebes Lieder: Love in Song, the concert will feature faculty members who perform professionally regionally and nationally. Foster, who has worked on a number of television and movie sound tracks, including the upcoming Star Wars production, performs regularly with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and the Pasadena and Santa Barbara symphonies. Mann has performed as a lyric soprano in Europe and Australia. In 2011 she performed in China with the South Shore Orchestra. She is the recipient of a Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Award, and she released her first commercial CD, Experience, in November 2013.
Keenan and Hinton, who both hold doctoral degrees from USC, will bring German love songs of the 19th century to life. Keenan, whom the LA Times identified as "someone to watch," will perform songs by Franz Schubert.
These seldom heard duets from Opus 34 for tenor and soprano, performed by Mann and Keenan and composed by Robert Schumann, will be a highlight of the program. Schumann best explains these gems in his famous quote, "to send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist." Mann's glistening soprano will be a fine match for Keenan's graceful tenor.
Hinton is a sought-after collaborator in vocal and instrumental music in Southern California. In addition to his accompanying work on the program, he will be featured as a piano soloist in two of Schubert's enthralling Impromptus for piano. He will perform the Impromptu in G-flat, Op. 90, no. 3, and the popular Impromptu in A-flat, Op. 142, no. 2. The concert will close with Hinton, Mann and Foster performing Schubert's timeless, Shepherd on the Rock.
Limited seating is available, so arrive early for optimal seating choices. College parking regulations will be enforced.