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Final Light Classical Concert
to Feature Sadeghpour and Friends

RELEASED: July 22, 2009

Mitra Sadgehpour
Mitra Sadeghpour

EAU CLAIRE — The final performance of the light classical Summer Sounds series, presented in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts, will feature soprano Mitra Sadeghpour and Friends performing at 2 p.m. July 26 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire.

Pianist and lecturer Dr. Barbara Young, mezzo soprano Andrea Fuss and soprano Allison Wells will join Sadeghpour for the concert.

"Both of the other vocalists are May 2009 graduates of UW-Eau Claire in vocal performance," said Sadeghpour. "I was their voice teacher, and it is very special to me to get to do this concert with them before they head off in the next step of their lives."

Sadeghpour will perform compositions by American composer Samuel Barber and French composer Cecile Chaminade; folk song settings by Benjamin Britten; and the aria "Depuis le Jour" from Gustave Charpentier's opera "Louise." Wells and Sadeghpour will perform a duet of the vocal music of G.F. Handel, and Fuss and Sadeghpour will perform German Lieder by Clara and Robert Schumann.

"One of my special interests is the music of female composers," Sadeghpour said. "For most of music history, it has been difficult for women to gain public acceptance as composers, let alone get their music published. Both Clara Schumann and Cecile Chaminade were able to do that, and I love the way that each has been able to capture the drama of the words in their music.

"Samuel Barber has long been one of my favorite composers and is one of the most influential twentieth-century American composers," Sadeghpour added. "His cycle 'Hermit Songs' are wonderful settings of translated texts by Irish monks and scholars from the eighth through the 13th centuries.

"'Depuis le Jour' is one of the most beautiful arias in the soprano repertory. It has been recorded by many famous sopranos, including opera star Renee Fleming. The aria celebrates the beginning of a new love."

Summer Sounds concerts are free and open to all.

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