Duo presents concert, master classes

Guest artists Jeanie Darnell, soprano, and Michael Baron, piano, will perform and give master classes at Youngstown State University.

Darnell is professor of music and head of vocal studies at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music. A regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1998, she has been a featured soloist with the Gesellschaft fur Musiktheater (Vienna), Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest Florida Symphony, Opera Naples, Omaha Symphony, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Denver Bach Festival, Naples Bach Ensemble, Fort Myers Symphonic Master Singers, Lindsborg Messiah Festival, Colorado Music Festival and Rocky Mountain Music Alliance.

A champion of new music, Darnell has presented concerts of works throughout the United States by composers Robert Boury, Don Freund, Richard Hundley, Lori Laitman, Marcia Marchesi, Timothy Snider and Z. Randall Stroope.

An award-winning concert pianist, Baron performs more than 40 concerts a year, including annual tours of Europe and South America and engagements throughout the United States and Asia. Baron’s diverse repertoire ranges from Baroque compositions to world premieres of contemporary pieces.

Baron serves as the Myra and Van Williams Distinguished Professor of Music and head of keyboard studies at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla. He also is an honorary professor of music at Yantai University and Hubei University in China. Baron is the director of several summer music festivals in Europe and is an official International Steinway Artist.

The duo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bliss Recital Hall, and the program will include romantic songs by Schumann, Massenet, Chopin, Viardot and Verdi. Admission is free. Masks are required at all indoor events at Youngstown State University.

Darnell will give a voice master class at 4 p.m. today, and Baron will give a piano master class at 2 p.m. Friday. Both will be in Bliss Recital Hall and are open to the public.


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