The Monday Night Music series at McDaniel College presents Kathrin Murray, guitar, and Katherine Keem, soprano, Monday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge.
The duo met while recording a CD of local composer/musician (and former McDaniel lecturer) Garth Baxter's original music. In addition to several of Baxter's pieces, the duo will perform operatic favorites, some jazz songs, and an aria from the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 9 years old she was invited to join a professional ukulele ensemble. Since beginning to play the guitar at age 15, she has become a dedicated performer and teacher based in Baltimore, MD.
Ms. Murray has performed in the United States and Europe, and has been featured as a guest artist at the Bethlehem Guitar Festival, the Charlton Kings International Guitar Festival (England), on the BBC, and at the Dutch and Finish Embassies in Washington, DC. Recent performances have taken her to Mendocino, CA, Bethlehem, PA, Fairfax, Virginia, Washington, DC, Honolulu, Hawaii, Portland and Brunswick, Maine and the Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia. She received a 2008 Maryland State Arts Council Grant for her debut solo recording, “Arabesques,” which was released in spring of 2008 on the Centaur Record Label.
Ms. Murray received a bachelor’s degree from the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver and a Master’s Degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She has also studied at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and privately with composer Gilbert Biberian in England.
Also a sought-after teacher, Ms. Murray has served on the guitar faculties of Frederick Community College, Towson University, Mount Saint Mary’s College, and the Levine School of Music. Currently she heads the classical guitar studies at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD and teaches at Baltimore School for the Arts and the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore.
Katherine Keem, coloratura soprano, has been praised for her beautiful timbre, her musical intelligence, and artistry. Enthusiastic about contemporary works, she has performed numerous works by living composers of our time, including World Première Operas and art songs.
In traditional works, she has performed Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Lucia in “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Ottavia in “L'incoronazione di Poppea,” La Prima ancella in “Sly” (with Jose Carreras as Sly) and Queen of the Night in “Die Zauberflöte.”
Ms. Keem has won numerous awards and prizes, including the All-American Scholar, Channing Classics, the Annapolis Opera Competition (Conductor/Director award), the Eighth Young Vocal Artists Competition by the Fairfax Choral Society, Peabody Merit Scholarship, the prestigious Benton-Schmidt Vocal Scholarship, Dame Eva Turner Award, Margaret Swain Scholarship, Opera Guild Performance Award and Stewart Scholarship at Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony. She has taught in professional schools and Universities in America, and is a member of PI KAPPA LAMBDA (ΠΚΛ) National Music Honor Society.
Ms. Keem, a native Korean, received a BM degree from the Yonsei University; an MM in Opera Performance from the Oklahoma City University; and a GPD in Opera Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Keem also completed the course works of DMA at University of Oklahoma.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-857-2599.
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