Shepherd Faculty Recital

Shepherd Faculty Recital

Hagerstown, MD: The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will present A Night at the Opera: Shepherd Faculty Recital on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 2:30pm, sponsored by Spence and Cindy Perry. A reception, hosted by members of the Museum's volunteer organization, The Singer Society, will follow the performance.
The program will feature operatic favorites by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), Richard Strauss (1864-1949) and Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), along with some favorite duets and choruses from the operatic literature. Performers will include sopranos Natalie Conte, Melanie Zayas Regan, Elizabeth Turchi and tenor Joseph Regan, accompanied on piano by Dr. Scott Beard.
Natalie Conte, soprano, has recently completed her Master of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University where she also earned her Bachelor of Music degree. There, she was the recipient of the Annie Wentz prize and the George Castelle Memorial Award for excellence in performance, with superior marks in the field of music theory.
Mezzo-Soprano Melanie Zayas Regan earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She currently is on the music faculty at St. James School and is the vocal coach for sectional and workshop rehearsals for the superb chapel choir. She will join the Shepherd faculty in the fall.
Lyric coloratura soprano, Elisabeth Turchi, is rapidly emerging as an exciting new artist in the opera world. An audience favorite in Europe and the United States, she is hailed for her passion and artistry in bringing music's most beautiful and challenging works to life. Turchi most recently performed Gabriel in Haydn's Die Schîpfung at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna under the direction of two-time Grammy award winner Robert Page.
Tenor Joseph Regan earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He has become well-known for his polished and lyrical interpretations of oratorio, and the works of J.S. Bach in particular. Regan is professor of voice at Shepherd and Mount St. Mary's University. His next public appearance will be as the Tenor Soloist in Bach's Cantata 70 with Baltimore's premiere Bach ensemble, "Bach in Baltimore".
Dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting works of art for the people of Washington County and citizens from the quad-state (MD, PA, VA, WV) region, for over seventy-eight years, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. Admission to the museum is free. It is accredited by the American Association of Museums and its collection includes over 7,000 works of art. This "crown jewel of Washington County" has an enduring commitment to arts education and to the support of regional artists. The Museum offers studio art courses, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is funded through support from museum membership and annual fund donations by the public, fundraising events, grants from the business and corporate communities, and support from Washington County, the City of Hagerstown, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. For more information on the Museum, please telephone 301-739-5727 or visit www.wcmfa.org. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 4pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.