IWU Music Faculty Members to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Soprani Compagni

Three faculty members from the Indiana Wesleyan University Music Division will present a recital at 8 p.m., March 2, in Weill Recital Hall at New York City's Carnegie Hall.

Soprani Compagni, a soprano duet featuring Lisa Dawson and Tammie Huntington, along with pianist Phoenix Park-Kim, will be featured as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) artist series.

Ticket information is available at www.carnegiehall.org or 212-247-7800.

The Distinguished Concerts Artists Series, now in its fifth year, offers opportunities for emerging and established artists to perform at New York City's legendary venues.

Soprani Compagni will present music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Schumann and Britten along with contemporary works by American composers Jody Nagel and Lori Laitman.

Dawson and Huntington began collaborating when they were cast in a Puccini opera during their graduate studies at Ball State University. The two sopranos, along with Park-Kim, formed Soprani Compagni for the purpose of researching and performing soprano art song duets, oratorio and opera scenes, modeling soprano collaboration and commissioning new works for soprano duet.

Two Women, by Jody Nagel, was written specifically for Soprani Compagni in 2009. In the work, two women - one representing the working class and one representing the elite - speak of their experiences after the election of Salvador Allende, president of Chile, and his murder during the military coup in 1973.

Another contemporary work is Fresh Patterns, by Lori Laitman, which is a combination of two poems by and about Emily Dickinson.

Park-Kim and Dawson have taught at IWU since 2005. Huntington joined the faculty in 2007.

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