Grammy-Nominated Mezzo-Soprano to Perform at Hartwick

November 2, 2009

Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato, with flutist Peter H. Bloom and pianist Mary Jane Rupert, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4 in Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The trio will perform a concert of fascinating contrasts, including songs and arias by the European masters, together with selections by leading American composers from the 20th and 21st centuries.

The program will include an aria from J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 79; selections from Handel's exquisite German Arias; The Shepherd on the Rock by Schubert; and Una voce poco fa, Rosina's famous aria from The Barber of Seville by Rossini. In addition, Fortunato will perform a set of songs by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn to celebrate Felix Mendelssohn's 200th birthday year. Rounding out the program will be compositions by two acclaimed American composers: Vowels by Daniel Pinkham (1991) and Kleemation, a 2003 composition inspired by drawings of Paul Klee, by Elizabeth Vercoe.

Fortunato has performed with all of the top American symphonies; has performed leading roles with major opera companies, including New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Opera San Jose; and has appeared in prestigious festivals including Berlin's Spectrum Concerts, the Rome Bach Festival, Marlboro, Casals, Tanglewood, Blossom, and Newport. In 2006, she was a Grammy nominee in three categories, including best classical vocal recording. She has recorded 40 CDs on labels such as Harmonia Mundi, London/Decca, SONY Classical, Nonesuch, Koch International, Naxos, and Albany. A regional Met Winner, she also received the Naumburg Prize and the Jacobo Peri Award. She serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory College Division. The New York Times called Fortunato "affecting...superb," while The Boston Globe wrote, "Fortunato was in sumptuous voice."

Bloom is a distinguished soloist and ensemble flutist who tours internationally and appears on 30 CDs from SONY Classical, Newport Classic, Dorian, Leo Records, and other labels. Rupert, acclaimed as a concert pianist and harpist, has performed throughout the world from Carnegie Recital Hall to the Beijing Concert Hall.

For additional information, contact the Hartwick College Department of Music at 607-431-4800.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Christopher Lott
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