Composer and bass-baritone Bradley Ellingboe, director of choral activities at the University of New Mexico, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the Piedmont College Center for Worship and Music in Demorest. The concert is free and everyone is invited.
Accompanied on piano by Piedmont artist-in-residence Louise Bass, Ellingboe will sing works by R. Vaughan Williams, Jacque Ibert, Edvard Grieg, and one of his own compositions, "Questions About Angels," from his newest work, "Star Song."
Originally from Minnesota, Ellingboe graduated from Saint Olaf College and the Eastman School of Music. His music career includes accomplishments as a choral conductor, soloist, composer, scholar and teacher. He made his operatic conducting debut in December of 2011, leading the world-premiere of Stephen Paulus's opera "Shoes for the Santo Niño" in a joint production by the Santa Fe Opera and the UNM. As a bass-baritone soloist he has sung under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and Sir David Willcocks.
Ellingboe has more than 130 pieces of music in print, including his "Requiem" for chorus and orchestra, which has been performed more than 300 times in this country and Europe; and his newest work, "Star Song," which premiered in December of 2013. "Star Song"will have its New York debut (Lincoln Center) in May of 2014, and its European debut (London, Oxford, Bath) in July. For his scholarly work in making the songs of Edvard Grieg more accessible to the English-speaking public, he was knighted by the King of Norway in 1994.
Louise Bass earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance at Indiana University and has studied extensively in Paris with internationally known organist Susan Landale. She has appeared as a guest artist at the Tuscia Music Festival in Viterbo, Italy, playing concerts with French violinist Bernard Zinck. She continues to travel as an accompanist for vocal and instrumental musicians and has performed for the organ recital series at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, the historic St. James Cathedral in Chicago, and has been a solo performer for the American Guild of Organists. Formerly the associate organist of the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque and adjunct instructor of music at the University of New Mexico, as artist-in-residence at Piedmont College she serves as organist for the Piedmont College Singers and various faculty and student performances.
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