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SOUTHEASTERN’S ALISSA ROWE PRESENTS FACULTY
RECITAL APRIL 6
HAMMOND – Soprano
Alissa Mercurio Rowe, director of choral activities at Southeastern Louisiana
University, will present a recital April 6 at the Pottle Music Building
The free 7:30 p.m. recital
is part of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts annual spring concert
series, “Encore!” Rowe will be accompanied by pianist and Southeastern
instructor Henry Jones and will perform works by Marc Blitzstein, Alban
Berg, Claude Debussy and Samuel Barber.
Rowe is in her fourth year
at Southeastern where she conducts the Southeastern Concert Choir, Northshore
Chorale, University Chorus and Women’s Chorale. She holds masters degrees
in conducting and vocal performance from the University of Michigan, where
she served as the music director and conductor of the Arts Chorale and
as the assistant conductor of the Chamber Choir, University Choir, and
Women's Glee Club.
Last November, Rowe and
the Concert Choir premiered a commissioned work, “Canzoni d’amore” by Theodore
Morrison, at Hammond’s First United Methodist Church. She also guest conducted
the American premiere of Richard Prior's “Hymn for Nations United” with
the Southeastern Wind Symphony.
During the summer, Rowe
serves on the All-State voice faculty at Interlochen Arts Academy. She
sang two performances of Barber’s Knoxville “Summer of 1915” at the 2004
Medomak Conductor’s Retreat in Washington, Maine. In December 2003, she
made her debut as soprano soloist with the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra.
She also recently performed with Portland Oregon’s Third Angle Music Ensemble
where she sang the roles of the Evil One, Fiegele, and the Goat in David
Schiff’s “Gimpel the Fool.” The recording was released on Arabesque Records
in the fall 2004.
As a soprano soloist, Rowe
has also performed in more than five operas and sung supporting roles in
“La Cenerentola,” “The Consul,” and “La Perichole.”
After graduating from Yale
University in 1978, Jones spent ten years in New York City as a free-lance
vocal coach and accompanist. During that decade, his credits included choral
performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and vocal recitals at
Lincoln Center. He also was musical director of a gymnastic exhibition
at Madison Square Garden, and Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, including
“Evita,” “Jerome Robbins' Broadway,” and “The Fantasticks.”
Jones received his doctoral
degree in piano in 1994 from Louisiana State University and taught at Minot
State University in North Dakota and Missouri Southern State College in
Joplin before joining Southeastern’s faculty. He was a winner of
the LSU Symphony Concerto Competition, and was nominated several times
for best musical director by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets.
For additional information
about the recital, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.