American Songs by vocal composers will be performed by Kathleen Arecchi, soprano, at 7 p.m. Sunday, October 14, at the Plymouth State College Silver Cultural Arts Center. Arecchi is a professor of music and theatre, and director of voice performance studies and The Music Theatre Company at PSC. There is no charge for admission.
Collaborative pianists for the performance are PSC colleagues Carleen Graff and Constance Chesebrough.
The program includes vocal compositions by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, George Crumb, Libby Larsen, John Harbison and John Bucchino in styles ranging from “classical” art song to avant-garde, from folk song settings to contemporary Broadway/cabaret.
Professor Arecchi holds a master of music degree in vocal performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a doctor of musical arts degree in voice performance and pedagogy from the University of Maryland. A lyric-coloratura soprano, Arecchi has performed with the New Hampshire Music Festival in opera, cantata, oratorio, and chamber music.
For Opera North (V.T.), Arecchi has performed the title role in The Merry Widow, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and soubrette roles in several Mozart operas. She is a casting consultant for the North Country Center for the Arts summer theatre, a board member and president-elect of the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and from 1995-97, she served as chair of the voice repertory committee for the Music Teachers National Association.