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Mezzo-soprano soloist performs at Dalton

Sept. 5, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Guest artists Sarah Holman, mezzo-soprano, and Karin Redekopp Edwards, piano, will perform at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University. The show is open to the public free of charge.

The duo, both faculty members at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, will perform "Amour viens rendre mon ame" from Gluck's "Orfeo," the song cycle "Les nuits d'ete" by Berlioz, and the Mignon Lieder from "Gedichte von Goethe" by Hugo Wolf. The program also includes the premiere of the mezzo-soprano version of David Cutler's "Evenly Spaced Waves of Irony," which won the 2006 National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Composition Award.

Holman has appeared with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Southwest, Kansas Opera, City Opera of the Quad Cities, DuPage Opera, Chamber Opera Chicago and Muddy River Opera. As a featured soloist, she has sung with the New Philharmonic, Rockford, Liberty, and Fox Valley symphony orchestras. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Mozart's "Coronation Mass" under the direction of Simon Carrington. She currently serves as the Central Regional Governor for National Association of Teachers of Singing and is an Associate Professor of voice at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, where she also directs the opera program.

As a member of the duo piano team, Redekopp and Edwards, Edwards has performed throughout Japan, Korea, England, Canada and the United States. She has recorded a solo CD featuring works of Chopin, Liszt and Eckhardt-Gramatté, and is also featured on a CD of Canadian artists. Edwards served as first vice president and convention chair of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, and is currently professor of piano at Wheaton College. She earned her Master and Doctor of Music degrees from Indiana University with grants from the Canada Council.

For more information, contact Carl Ratner, School of Music, at carl.ratner@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4706.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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