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Three artists who began their journeys at VWC return for a special 50th anniversary concert

By Staff | March 2, 2012

The College’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration hits a high note with a very special concert by three talented artists who began their musical journeys at Virginia Wesleyan College. Mezzo-soprano Robynne Redmon and tenor Michael Dailey will be joined by pianist Charles Woodward on Monday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Hofheimer Theater.

“It’s such a pleasure to know of the extraordinary experiences and great successes these former students have enjoyed,” says VWC Concert Series Director Sandra Billy, “and a real thrill to have them return to campus to share their talents.”

The program includes the performers' favorite art songs and opera arias including  Benjamin Britten's "Cabaret Songs" (Redmon), Robert Quilter's "To Julia" (Dailey), Manuel de Falla's "Sieta canciones populares espanolas" (Redmon),  arias from Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, and Bizet,  and more.

Concert reservations may be made at 757.455.2101 or concerts@vwc.edu.Tickets are FREE to VWC; for others $10-adults, and $5-students. For more information, contact Sandra Billy with VWC Concert Series at 757.455.2101 or e-mail concerts@vwc.edu.

About the Performers

Robynne RedmonRobynne Redmon has earned international acclaim for her artistry as singer and actress. Critics have hailed her "glorious singing intense acting, excellent phrasing, ardent tone, splendid shading and solid coloratura and excellent artistic sense." (Das Opernglas) and for her "exactitude of pitch, her luxuriance of tone, her abundant animal spirit and unerring dramatic intelligence." (Newsday).  She has performed leading roles the major opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Berlin State Opera, Teatro Municipal in Santiago, the Boston Lyric Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Queensland, Montreal Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Fort Worth Opera, just to name a few.

Michael DaileyMichael Dailey's voice has been described by Opera News as being "blessed with freshness." He is in his fourth season as Principal Resident Artist with Opera San Jose and spent the previous summer as Apprentice Artist with Opera Santa Fe.  He has performed roles with the Portland Opera, the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and the Tri-Cities Opera. For Virginia Opera, he has performed the roles of Don Basilio in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Benvolio in Romeo et Juliette, and Melot in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. His international credits include performances in Dresden and Amsterdam.

Charles WoodwardCharles Woodward needs no introduction to Hampton Roads audiences. He's well known as pianist and choral conductor and is a frequent collaborator in both vocal and instrumental chamber concerts, having performed with the Virginia Arts Festival, Virginia Chamber Players, Virginia Symphony, Virginia Chorale, I. Sherman Greene Chorale, Art Song of Williamsburg, and Norfolk Chamber Consort.  His performances have been heard on NPR's Performance Today.  He is currently serving as Interim Music Director of the Virginia Chorale.

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