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August 27, 2003
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Sounds British?
Kean University’s Affiliate Artists to Celebrate British Music

UNION, N.J. – What could me more British than Yorkshire pudding, the Union Jack or Big Ben? The Affiliate Artists of Kean University have an answer: their upcoming musical program, Sounds British. The concert, this season's first, will be given on Monday, September 29, at 8 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre on the University’s main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J.

The music by world-renowned musicians who teach and perform at Kean will reflect and celebrate Great Britain. The program, founded and directed by Dr. Anthony Scelba, associate professor in the Department of Music, offers a four-concert series each year and features chamber music, solos and jazz. In addition to the affiliate artists themselves, the concert series presents special guest performers. Sounds British will feature two guests, guitarist Christopher Kenniff and soprano Katherine Harris.

The concert will begin with Kenniff and metropolitan opera baritone, Richard Hobson, performing songs by John Rutter. It will continue with guitar solos by Dowland followed by Sharon Roffman and Allison Brewster Franzetti performing Bruch's Scottish Fantasie. It will conclude with Harris and the Yardarm Trio performing Twelve Celtic Songs in arrangements by Scelba.

Kenniff was awarded first prize at the 2001 Councour de Guitarre in Quebec, Canada, the 1996 Music Teachers National Association Competition and the 1993 National Federation of Music Clubs Biannual Competition. He was also the winner of the Dallas Classical Guitar Society’s Young Artist Auditions in 1995 and a prize winner in the 1996 American String Teacher’s Competition. A frequent recitalist and chamber musician, he teaches guitar at Kean.

Hobson, affiliate artist in voice and opera, will return to the Metropolitan Opera in 2003-2004 to participate in the new production of La Juive by Halevy, Boris Goudonov by Mussorgsky, Le Rossignol by Stravinsky and Die Frau Ohne Schatten by Strauss. He spent the summer performing Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana with Opera in the Hamptons and Germont Pere in La Traviata with Lyric Opera of New Jersey.

Roffman, affiliate artist in violin, and Brewster Franzetti, affiliate artist in piano and chamber music, appear frequently on Kean's Concert Series. Roffman performed with Itzhak Perlman as soloist on a "Live from Lincoln Center" broadcast in January 2003, and went on to win Third Prize in the prestigious 2003 Naumburg International Violin Competition. Brewster Franzetti is a Latin Grammy Award winner and 2003 Grammy Nominee.

Harris became an affiliate artist in the first year of the program, but left to perform opera in Europe. Since her return, she has taught voice at Kean. This summer, she performed a concert tour of Italy. The Twelve Celtic Songs were arranged especially for her and The Yardarm Trio but never before performed by them. The Trio is an unusual ensemble of piano, violin and double bass. Violinist Victoria Stewart is affiliate artist in violin and chamber music. She and her husband, double bassist Scelba, are original members. Pianist Brewster Franzetti joined the ensemble in 2002. Since then, the group has had a close association with the Affiliate Artist Program. Stewart and Scelba performed as special guests at the International Society of Bassists conference at the University of Richmond, Va., last summer, and have been invited to perform the Twelve Celtic Songs with soprano Patti Peterson as guest artists at the University of Colorado, Boulder, next January.

Other Affiliate Artist Concerts planned for this season are Jazz Pictures with Andy Fusco and the Walt Weiskopf Sextet on December 11; A Perfect 10 featuring the Brahms Piano Quintet and the Dvorák Double Bass Quintet on March 1, 2004; and Springtime Showcase: Music from the Stage on April 19, 2004. All concerts are held in the Wilkins Theatre.

Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the door and at the Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469). Series and other discounts are available for students, faculty, staff, and seniors. For more information call 908-737-4325.