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Mezzo-soprano Susan Fleming performs at BPC
|Acclaimed musicians, mezzo-soprano Susan Fleming and pianist Jeffrey Watson, performed at Gilder Recital Hall on Brewton-Parker’s Mount Vernon campus Nov. 9 as part of the Division of Music’s Dennis and Quinelle Sikes Fine Arts Series. (Photo by Kelley M. Arnold)
By Kelley M. Arnold
BPC Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s Dennis and Quinelle Sikes Fine Arts Series presented acclaimed musicians, mezzo-soprano Susan Fleming and accompanist, pianist Jeffrey Watson, in concert Nov. 9 in the Gilder Recital Hall on the Mount Vernon campus.
The evening’s performance featured a selection of early 20th century pieces by American composers, including “Maiden Snow” by Richard Hundley and “What if?” by Lee Hoiby. “A Charm of Lullabies” by contemporary English composer Benjamin Britten was followed by eight of the 11 pieces from Brahms’ “Ziegeunerlieder,” also known as the “Gypsy Songs.” The performance finished with two of William Bolcom’s Cabaret Songs, “Black Max” and “Waitin’” and Hundley’s “Some Sheep are Loving.”
A specialist in American Art Song, Fleming is the professor of voice and head of the voice area at the School of Music at the University of Alabama. Her extensive performance accolades include being twice the recipient of fellowships for the Bach Aria Festival and Institute and receiving critical acclaim from Andrew Porter in the New Yorker for her portrayal of the role of Alessandro in the American premiere of Handel’s Tolomeo with the Smithsonian Concerto Grosso conducted by Nicolas McGegan. She is to premiere the role of Cornelia in a newly-commissioned work for Alabama Operaworks.
Watson, a pianist with the internationally acclaimed tango quintet, QuinTango, is a faculty member of the Washington Conservatory of Music. Watson has appeared as soloist with the Honduran National Symphony, the Pan American Symphony and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra with the Kirov Ballet. He has recently been music director and coach for the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland, where he directed productions of Fatal Song, Tale of Two Cities and Noel & Cole.