Friday, September 24, 2010

Sunday Concert, October 3: James Martin

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art will present "Continental Soul", a Sunday Concert on October 3 at 2 p.m. in the LRMA American Gallery featuring baritone James Martin.

Martin has won critical acclaim for his performances in opera, musical theater, and concert as a versatile singer/actor and entertainer, with a wide artistic repertoire. He has appeared with leading musical organizations throughout the United States and abroad, including opera companies of Mississippi, Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Fe, St. Louis, New York, Toronto, Strasbourg, Basel and Oslo. Martin has performed at the music festivals of Marlboro, Ravinia, Aspen, and Tel Aviv; and made concert appearances with New York’s Continuum, Summergarden, Joy in Singing, the American Composers Orchestra, Meet the Composers, the New York Festival of Song, Lincoln Center’s African-American History and American Songbook series. Some of his operatic roles include Mozart’s Figaro and Don Giovanni and Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff.

He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his Master of Music from the Julliard School. Martin is adjunct instructor of voice at Millsaps College, artistic consultant for the Hattiesburg Civic Chorus and Concert Association, and co-founder of the Mississippi Vocal Arts Ensemble.

His program "Continental Soul" will feature American and English songs by composers including Ralph Vaughn Williams, Virgil Thompson, Duke Ellington, and Barry Manilow.

This Sunday Concert is presented by the Hattiesburg Civic Chorus and Concert Association and sponsored by the Cooper-Neill Music Fund. The concert is free and open to the public.

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