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La Bella Voce Trio will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the St. Bonaventure University Chapel.
Free and open to the public, the concert, titled “Let Us Wander: A Journey through Opera, Oratorio, and Art Song,” is presented by St. Bonaventure’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
La Bella Voce Trio features Laura Lynch Peterson and Kathryn Black, both faculty members in the department, and mezzo-soprano Michelle Hall, a native of Allegany.
The program was designed to take the audience on a journey through the evolution of the classical vocal genre, Hall said.
“This involves not only an aural progression of what one hears, but also how vocal performance has visually been presented throughout the centuries,” she said.
“From the physical presence of the music score seen in oratorio at the beginning of the program, to the memorized concert-style operatic arias and art song leading to the theatrical opera scene presented in ‘The Flower Duet’ … the visual element of music has and continues to complement its performance purposes,” Hall said.
Black is a lecturer in music at St. Bonaventure, where she teaches voice and directs the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.
Black has performed as soprano soloist at Struthers Library Theater, with Opera Buffa of Buffalo, Chautauqua Chamber Singers, Cattaraugus Choral Society and was the featured soloist in the world premiere of “Grand Pianola Music.”
She has received Outstanding Achievement Performance Awards from the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS) for “Lilly,” “Secret Garden,” “Sister Amnesia,” “Nunsense,” “The Witch,” “Into the Woods” and “Peter Pan.”
Hall is known for her versatility as an actress on both the opera and musical theater stage.
She made her European performance debut with the Trentino Opera Festival as the impulsive yet loveable Cherubino in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro.” Hall was described as “remarkably talented” by the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, where she delivered a “fascinating performance” as the tempestuous Dorabella in “Così fan tutte.”
Hall’s additional operatic and musical theater credits include roles with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, the American Singers Opera Project, Crittenden Opera Studio, and the College Light Opera Company, along with solo performances for the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, and the Minnesota Twins.
She completed her master’s in Opera Performance, magna cum laude, from the University of North Texas in 2011.
A member of the St. Bonaventure faculty since 1999, Peterson teaches piano and chamber music as well as courses in the music history curriculum. Peterson was a longtime partner in “Duo Allegro,” a two-piano team, with Amy Bromeley McCune.
Together and separately, they toured throughout the eastern United States, playing recitals and performing concertos with a variety of orchestras.
In addition to her two-piano work, Peterson has been involved in solo piano work and collaborative pianism in the areas of chamber music and art song literature. She also works as a professional coach, primarily in the areas of art song and opera. She is the pianist for the Southern Tier Symphony, where she also serves on its Board of Directors.
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