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CANCELED — Guest Artist Sorores (Sandy Mosteller and Amy Rosine) with Richard Fountain

ORPHEUS AND EURIDICE

Date: Time: 7:30 pm
Westbrook Music Building
Additional Info: WMB
Contact: Brian Reetz, (402) 525-7026, breetz2@unl.edu
On Monday, March 16, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in Westbrook Recital Hall, Sorores Duo soprano Amy Rosine (Kansas State University) and clarinet Sandra Mosteller (Wayland Baptist University) will collaborate with Dr. Richard Fountain (Wayland Baptist University) for a performance of Orpheus and Euridice, A Song Cycle In Two Acts for Soprano, Clarinet In Bb and Piano at the University of Nebraska Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music. Dr. Fountain is an alumnus of UNL.

This program is a part of a performance tour in Texas, Kansas, and Nebraska.

The legendary story of Orpheus and Eurydice has been performed in numerous opera, concert settings, and theatrical productions. This version, by Ricky Ian Gordon, came to fruition as a commission from clarinetist Todd Palmer coincided with the illness and death of Gordon’s partner, Jeffrey Grossi. Gordon wrote the text of the cycle, updating it with more contemporary terms. The sixty-minute work can be staged or presented as a concert piece, as performed for this concert.

Sorores Duo is a musical bond between soprano Amy Rosine and clarinetist Sandra Mosteller. The Duo attended undergraduate school together at Truman State University and were “Sorores” (Latin for “sisters”) in the women’s music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. In later years, the two reconnected and began a musical journey exploring the works for soprano and clarinet.

Sorores Duo, a soprano/clarinet duo, has been performing together for over ten years. They have built a repertoire of works with a particular emphasis on contemporary music, specifically related to the Holocaust. The Duo attended undergraduate school together at Truman State University and were sisters in the Epsilon Pi chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. The name “sorores” is Latin for “sisters,” from which their professional collaboration was born.

Amy Rosine, lyric soprano, is an active recitalist and oratorio performer known for her clear voice and expressive singing. Dr. Rosine is associate professor of music at Kansas State University, where she teaches applied voice, vocal techniques and serves as vocal coach for Broadway musicals.

Sandra Mosteller, clarinet, frequently performs as soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician. Dr. Mosteller is professor of instrumental music at Wayland Baptist University, where she teaches applied clarinet and saxophone, chamber music ensembles, music education, and world music courses, as well as serving as junior and senior recital coordinator.

Known for his joyful spirit, and praised for his “clear, expressive playing,” “mature display of
pyrotechnics,” and “seasoned artistry,” pianist Richard Fountain has steadily garnered recognition
for his versatile abilities as soloist, collaborator, teacher, and conductor. Fountain’s diverse repertoire
includes Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” as well as concertos by MacDowell, Shostakovich, and Philip
Glass, in addition to thoughtfully programmed solo recitals and extensive experience as a
collaborator. Fountain is especially noted for performing the complete cycle of Franz Liszt’s
monumental transcriptions of Beethoven’s nine symphonies, each paired with a solo Beethoven
sonata. Fountain is also dedicated to presenting American piano music from all eras, championing
composers such as John Knowles Paine, Arthur Foote, and Howard Hanson while also performing
the music of contemporary composers such as John Adams, Joan Tower, and Lowell Liebermann.
Fountain’s accolades include the Early Achiever Award from the Nebraska Alumni Association, the
“Teacher of the Year” award from the Lubbock Music Teachers Association, and joint Third Prize
in The American Prize for Solo Piano for his solo recording “American Ivory.” His recording of
Gary D. Belshaw’s “Passacaglia” was recently released by RMN Classical as part of a collection of
modern music for piano.

Originally from Springfield, Nebraska, Fountain began studies with his mother Judy and continued
with David Gerard. He then studied with Leon Harshenin at Taylor University and with Paul Barnes
at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fountain holds the positions of Principal Keyboard with
both Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Fountain is full
Professor of Piano at Wayland Baptist University, where he teaches applied and collaborative piano,
entrepreneurship, piano literature and pedagogy, directs the Wayland Singers Chorus, and
collaborates with Wayland’s International Choir. Fountain earned an MBA in Management from
Wayland in 2019, and is a committed advocate for mutually beneficial interaction among artists,
administrators, and business professionals.

Free and open to the public.

Program: https://unl.box.com/s/26xolq1rsrp1kk222i3bq8ijigljc6za

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