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UW-Green Bay’s Meredith Livingston to present faculty voice recital Feb. 10

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Sarah Meredith Livingston

Sarah Meredith Livingston

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston, Mezzo-soprano, will present a faculty recital at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

Meredith Livingston will perform works by such renowned Czech composers as Antonin Dvorak, Leos Janacek and Vitezslava Kapralova; and such well-known Slovak composers as Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský, Viliam Figus-Bystry and Eugen Suchon.

The recital is a culmination of Meredith Livingston’s work as a UW-Green Bay research scholar for the 2012-13 academic year, supported by the Research Council; the U.S. Embassy; Bratislava, Slovakia and UW-Green Bay Music. The event is free and open to the public.

A native of Iowa, Meredith Livingston has performed as a soloist, recitalist, masterclass teacher and adjudicator throughout the United States, Europe and South America. She is an Associate Professor of Music and Women’s and Gender Studies at UW-Green Bay, where she teaches applied voice; diction for singers; opera/musical theater workshop; women in the performing arts; and opera seminar. Since 1993, Meredith Livingston has organized student and faculty groups to perform in Canada, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Germany, the Czech Republic and Brazil.

Meredith Livingston has long worked to promote the Czech and Slovak vocal repertoire at UW-Green Bay and beyond. Working with community patron Sharon Resch, Meredith Livingston in 2003 helped bring to campus the semi-finals of the Montreal International Czech/Slovak Voice Competition. The competition, the only one of its kind promoting Czech/Slovak music in the United States, will be held for the sixth time at UW-Green Bay on Sept. 28-29, 2013.

Meredith Livingston has performed with the Green Bay Symphony as well as well-known chamber ensembles Pro Art Quartet and Czech Nonet (Prague, Czech Republic), the Madison Chamber Orchestra and Oshkosh Symphony. She has been a frequent guest on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Chazen Museum series since 1998, and recently performed in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, with the University of Sao Paulo Orchestra. She is a multi award-winning performer who twice has taught and performed at the University of Sao Paulo-Ribeirao Preto, establishing the relationship through the Fulbright Commission. Meredith Livingston also maintains an active private studio in Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay.

Guest pianist Timothy Cheek will accompany Meredith Livingston during her recital. A pianist and vocal coach, Cheek is Associate Professor of Performing Arts at the University of Michigan, and an associate faculty member of the university’s Center for Russian and East European Studies. He teaches a class in Czech vocal literature, serves as music director of the Opera Workshop, coaches opera and teaches classes in lyric diction. Meredith Livingston has worked with Cheek since 1986, when both were teaching at Albion (Mich.), College.

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Courtney Sherman will perform with Meredith Livingston during portions of the Feb. 10 recital. Sherman, soprano, holds a Master’s degree in opera/musical theatre performance and a D.M.A. in voice performance from Arizona State University. As Assistant Professor of Voice at UW-Green Bay, she teaches courses for both the Music and Theatre programs. In April 2012, Sherman was the conductor and music director for UW-Green Bay’s performance of Cabaret in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center for the performing arts.

The Feb. 10 recital is the 11th concert of the 2012-13 season for UW-Green Bay, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information is available at www.uwgb.edu/music.

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