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August 30, 2004
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Alma Latina Opens Affiliate Artist Concert Season at Kean University Baritone Patrick Mason will sing de Falla songs

UNION, N.J. – On October 4, at 8 p.m., Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre will present Alma Latina, the first concert in a series of four presented by the Affiliate Artist Program. For the opening of the 2004-2005 season, the Affiliate Artist Program has been able to engage Patrick Mason, one of the country's leading baritones, who teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Wilkins Theatre is located on the main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. Tickets are $10 and are available through the box office by calling 908-737-SHOW (7469). Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and seniors receive discounts.

"I am thrilled that we are able to bring Patrick Mason to Kean," said Dr. Anthony Scelba, director of the Affiliate Artist Program. "He is one of the most sought-after baritones performing and recording today, and this will be his first performance of those great de Falla songs." Mason will perform the songs with Christopher Kenniff, affiliate artist in guitar. Several works on the program, which offers music from Spain, Argentina and Brazil, will feature Kenniff.

Other performers on the concert will be The Yardarm Trio; James Musto, percussionist; Sharon Roffman, violinist; Katherine Harris, soprano; and Dr. Martha Marchena, professor of piano at Kean, who will make her first appearance in an Affiliate Artist concert. All the performers, except for guests Mason and Marchena, are members of the Affiliate Artist Program at Kean, which brings internationally celebrated musicians onto its faculty.

The music for this concert promises to be a lively mix of tuneful works that contain an ethnic flavor and reflect the concert's title, Latin Soul. The program opens with A Taste of Brazil performed by The Yardarm Trio, and includes a dazzling percussion solo, played by Musto, the haunting Bachianas Brasileiras, sung by Harris, and pyrotechnics from Roffman’s violin.

Biographical Information:

Patrick Mason, baritone, has appeared throughout the world in recitals and concerts of music from tenth-century chant to contemporary scores written for him. Mason has been heard in London's Wigmore Hall with guitarist David Starobin and as baritone soloist with the Colorado Springs Symphony in Britten's War Requiem. He has received critical acclaim for his recording of Franz Schubert's Winterreise and a recital of French melodies, both for the Bridge recording label. Mason has been a soloist with the Boston Camerata and the Waverly Consort and has collaborated with composers Stephen Sondheim, Elliott Carter, and George Crumb and is featured on recordings on Columbia, Erato, L'OISEAUX LYRE, Vox, MHS, and Bridge.

Mason was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Master of Music from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. In addition, he has been a soloist with the Takacs String Quartet, the Waverly Consort, and the Boston Camarata, and has appeared as a recitalist in London's Wigmore Hall, the Cairo Opera House, at festivals in Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and in the United States. He has premiered operas by Tod Machover, John Duffy, and Randall Shinn in Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia and New Mexico. Mason has worked in recording and performance with composers Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, John Musto, Ellen Zwillich, and Barbara Kolb, and has sung with Speculum Musicae, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Syracuse Symphony, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the West Virginia Symphony and the Greseley Philharmonic. Mason has taught master classes at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, the American University in Cairo and throughout the United States. He is currently an associate professor of voice at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His latest recording of Songs by the American composer, Amy Beach, will be released in spring 2005 on the Bridge label. Having been born and raised in the low clay hills above the Ohio River, his passions are, naturally, hiking and ceramics.

For more information about the Affiliate Artist Program, please call Scelba at (908) 737-4325.

Save these dates for the next three concerts:
Monday, November 22 – Jazz Journey
Thursday, March 3 – Shubertiana
Monday, April 11 – Springtime Showcase: Performers’ Choice