The Sunday Recital Series at Mary Baldwin University opens on October 14 with soprano Leah Hill and pianist David Hill. Their program will feature many well-known favorites, including arias from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, as well as a set of popular Gershwin songs. Rounding out the program are a selection of engaging French and German art songs and an aria from Eros and Psyche, a new opera by area composer Dr. Larry Taylor of Bridgewater College.
“We are hoping that this program offers something for everyone,” said Leah Hill, who also premiered the role of Young Psyche in Taylor’s opera in 2011.
This husband-and-wife duo has performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe, recently appearing in Freiburg, Germany. Leah Hill is very active on the operatic stage, and her latest roles include Micaela in Carmen, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She also sang the New York premiere of Jeremy Beck’s one act opera, Review, and appeared as a soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Zwichau, Germany. She is on the music faculty at Mary Baldwin University. David Hill serves as principle accompanist and assistant coach for the JMU Opera Theater, and he also performs widely as a soloist.
All Sunday Recitals are at 3 p.m. in Francis Auditorium on the third floor of the Pearce Science Center on the Mary Baldwin University campus. Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $5 for the general public and $4 for seniors and students. (Mary Baldwin students attend free of charge.) Season tickets are also available. For more information call 540-887-7294 or visit the Music at Mary Baldwin website.