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8/8/2003 Linfield hosts guest soprano, pianist

McMINNVILLE ? The Linfield College Music Department will present a guest recital, "Songs of Hope and Celebration," on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium at Linfield College.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Susan St. John, soprano, and Richard Bower, pianist, both University of Portland faculty members, will perform musical theatre and opera works by Copland, Mozart, Weill, Surinach, Rodrigo, Strauss, Bernstein and others.

St. John is well-known throughout the Northwest for performances in concert, opera and musical theatre. A national winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, she has received critical acclaim for leading roles with the opera companies of Portland, Seattle and Eugene, as well as the Musical Company and Portland Civic Theatre. She has performed as soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony, West Coast Chamber Orchestra, Columbia Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Yaquina Bay Chamber Orchestra and Oregon Bach Festival, Cascade Festival and Peter Britt Festival. She holds a doctorate in musical arts in performance and history from the University of Oregon, and is in demand as a private voice teacher and competition judge. She has taught on the faculties of Linfield College, Lewis and Clark College, Warner Pacific College and Portland State University.

Bower, former music director of The Musical Theatre Company of Portland, was winner of a 1999 Drammy Award for his musical direction of "Funny Girl." He coaches and performs frequently as pianist for concert and cabaret singers, he is on the musical staff of Portland Opera and is also on the faculty of Bel Canto Northwest. Bower has been guest music director for the Choral Arts Ensemble and for Broadway Rose Theatre. In addition, he was music director for the PBS telecast of "Consuming Passions," and he was the onstage pianist for a ballet commemorating the Richard Rodgers Centennial for Oregon Ballet Theatre. Bowers holds two masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin and is the recipient of a Kurt Weill Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for doctoral work at City University of New York.

For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.