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Voice Faculty Members to Present
Second Concert in Summer Recital Series

RELEASED: July 20, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Soprano Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour and tenor Dr. Mark Mowry, both members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire voice faculty, with Dr. Beverly Soll at the piano, will present the second Summer Sounds program for this summer. The free recital will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29, in Phillips Recital Hall in the Haas Fine Arts Center and will feature songs of Franz Schubert, W.A. Mozart, Giacomo Carissimi, Reynaldo Hahn and Erik Satie, as well as English songs by Libby Larsen (Cowboy Songs), Benjamin Britten and Frank Bridge.

Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour
Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour

An assistant professor of music and theatre arts, Sadeghpour teaches applied voice and is the director of the Opera Workshop ensemble. She also serves as music director and conductor for theatre area musical productions. At UW-Eau Claire, Sadeghpour recently stage directed "The Merry Widow" by Franz Lehar; "Scenes by Sondheim"; "Suor Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi" by Puccini; and a children's opera version of "Cinderella" by Rossini. She provided music direction for "Bat Boy: The Musical," "Cabaret" and "Pirates of Penzance."

Sadeghpour holds degrees from Luther College and Indiana University, where she was a voice student of Patricia Havranek and studied directing with Vincent Liotta. At Indiana University, she conducted extensive research on the English songs of Charles Gounod, the subject of her doctoral document as well as several lecture-recitals and presentations. A frequent recitalist and concert musician, Sadeghpour has also performed numerous opera and musical theatre roles, ranging from Frasquita in "Carmen" to Maria in "The Sound of Music" and Lily in "The Secret Garden." She is the 2006-07 Teaching Fellow for the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Mark Mowry
Dr. Mark Mowry

Mowry has performed a diverse range of opera, concert, and recital repertoire which reflects his broad musical interests. He has sung leading roles in such operas as Britten's "Albert Herring," "Curlew River," and "The Turn of the Screw"; Handel's "Acis and Galatea"; Mozarts "Cos fan tutte" and "Idomeneo"; Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges"; Smetana's "The Bartered Bride," and Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress." In 2000 he sang the role of Enrico Carouser in the world premiere of Edwin Penhorwood's opera "Too Many Sopranos." As concert soloist he has been heard in the music of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Sir John Stainer and Vaughan Williams among others. His recital appearances have occurred both at home in the U.S. and, more recently, in the United Kingdom first at Jubilee Hall for the 2001 Aldeburgh Festival, and then for his debut recital at London's Wigmore Hall in 2002. In addition, Mowry's various musical activities have taken him to the cities of Chicago, Dublin, Lucerne, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Salzburg, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Indiana University.

Dr. Beverly Soll
Dr. Beverly Soll

Soll holds bachelor and master's degrees in piano from the University of Illinois and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland. As a coach/accompanist and teacher of piano, she has taught at the State University of New York-Geneseo, George Mason University, and Wayne State College and has presented performances throughout the United States and in Germany. Scholarly publications include articles on Aaron Copland and Max Reger, a three-volume collection of arias from the operas of African American composer William Grant Still, and a 2005 comprehensive book on Still's operas, "I Dream a World," published by the University of Arkansas Press. Soll is currently arts/special events coordinator for UW-Eau Claire, pianist for the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, and active as a free-lance pianist throughout the region.

For more information, call 715-836-2787.

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