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EAC presents a free classical vocal recital

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EAC presents a free classical vocal recital

By Lina Kelly

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Fine Arts Division will present mezzo-soprano, Cynthia Sanner and pianist, Matthew Odell in a classical vocal recital featuring the music of Haydn, Brahms, Montsalvatge, and Hundley on Wednesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Lee Little Theater. Admission for the recital is free.

Sanner had the pleasure of working with the Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge on his Cinco canciones negras and Richard Hundley on his Octaves and Sweet Sounds, both of which are on the program. Audience members will benefit from the special insight Sanner gained through her work with these prominent masters of vocal music. Sanner and Odell will also perform several English songs by Haydn and Brahms’ Gypsy Songs. This free recital serves as the culmination of a multi-day residency in which both musicians teach a variety of private lessons, master classes, and workshops at Eastern Arizona College.

Both Sanner and Odell teach at The Juilliard School in New York City, and the Académie Internationale d’Eté in Nice, France. Sanner received a degree from the University of Wisconsin and also studied at Northern Michigan University, Amherst College, and the University of Minnesota, as well as abroad. She has performed as a soloist throughout the country, with performances in Weill Recital Hall, Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, The Guthrie Theatre, the White House, and the National Cathedral. She currently teaches in Barcelona, Spain, and has taught master classes and given recitals throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. She has prepared singers for the Liceu Opera Theatre in Barcelona, the Salzburg Mozart Festival, Theatre Real Madrid, Metropolitan Opera NY, and La Scala in Milan.

Odell won acclaim for performances of a wide range of repertoire as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. He has been hailed as “excellent” by the New York Times and “brilliant . . . playing with total commitment and real abandon,” by Gramophone. His performances have taken him to Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A passionate advocate of the music of our time, Odell frequently premieres works written for him and has worked with many prominent composers. Odell received his doctorate degree from The Juilliard School, with additional studies at The Peabody Conservatory of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Aspen Music Festival. He frequently presents workshops, master classes, and lectures at professional conferences and universities throughout the United States and Europe.

For more information, contact the Fine Arts Division Chair, Trish Jordahl at (928) 425-8467.