The Monday Night Music series at McDaniel College presents “An Evening of Art Song and Opera,” with Lori Hultgren, soprano, Kyle Engler, mezzo-soprano and Daniel Lau, piano.
The concert will feature duets by Bellini, Brahms, Schumann, Dvorak, and Mendelssohn. Also featured will be several solos, including Engler’s performance of "Wasting the Night," a song cycle by Scott Wheeler based on the poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay and Hultgren’s "A Letter from Sullivan Ballou," by Broadway legend John Kander. Other solos will include songs by Debussy, Wolf, and Rachmaninoff.
Soprano Lori Hultgren is an alumnus of Indiana University and has performed roles with St. Louis Opera, Nashville Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Annapolis Opera, Opera Vivente, Baltimore Opera, Britten-Pears, Peabody Conservatory, and Indiana University. Ms. Hultgren has also been a featured soloist and recitalist with the Indianapolis Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Peabody Symphony, Pueblo Symphony, Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, Marquette Symphony, Johns Hopkins Symphony, Columbia Symphony, Britten-Pears Orchestra, Wigmore Hall, Music in the Great Hall, and the Greenwich Music Festival.
Mezzo-soprano Kyle Engler has been praised for her extreme versatility in opera, oratorio, and chamber music. In January of 2005, Ms. Engler was cast by Placido Domingo to premiere the role of Lydia Dudley in Washington National Opera's production of Democracy, An American Comedy by Scott Wheeler, garnering rave reviews in major publications around the country.
Ms. Engler has been a featured soloist with many orchestras most recently performing Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Lancaster Symphony. An advocate of contemporary chamber music, Ms. Engler has collaborated with the Ravel Trio, the Morpheus Trio, the New Horizons Chamber Ensemble, and celebrated pianist Andre Watts.
Having earned a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Ms. Engler is currently the Director of Vocal Studies at McDaniel College. She also teaches voice at Towson University.
Pianist Daniel Lau has appeared in recitals and with orchestras throughout North America and Europe and collaborates frequently with singers. Lau attended Loma Linda University, where he served as concertmaster of the orchestra and first violinist of the LLU String Quartet. He attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music, becoming a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda honorary society while earning masters and doctoral degrees.
Dr. Lau is a dedicated educator of music and has given masterclasses and clinics throughout the United States. He has taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Washington Adventist University.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-857-2599.
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