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January 19, 2011
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Huntingdon College
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Huntingdon Music Department Presents Two Recitals

Montgomery, Ala.—The Huntingdon College Department of Music will present faculty recitals January 22 and 24, each at 7:00 p.m.  Huntingdon music recitals are free and open to the public.

Cellist Dan Totan, former Cello Fellow with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, will present a recital Saturday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. in Huntingdon's Flowers Hall, Ligon Chapel. Born into a family of musicians in Bucharest, Romania, Totan began studying the cello with his father at age 8.  He is an active soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member who has performed on three continents.  His prizes include the Romanian Republican Competition of Interpretation (first and second prizes in two competitions), the Classical Concerto Competition at McGill University, and the CBC Young Artists Series, Canada.  He studied at the University of Music in Bucharest with Tiberiu Ungureanu, then completed the Artist Diploma Program at McGill University (Canada) with Antonio Lysy, a master’s degree at the same university with Matt Haimovitz, and the Diplome d’Etudes Superiores Specialise with Yuli Turovsky at the University of Montreal.  Totan is pursuing a doctorate in musical arts at the University of Alabama, where he won the Aria/Concerto Competition in 2010 and is a member of the Capstone String Quartet. His recital will include works by J.S. Bach, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Franz Schubert.  He will be accompanied on piano by Alessandra Feris, a member of the music faculty at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, who completed her master's degree in piano performance at the University of Iowa and doctorate at Florida State University. A native of Brazil, Ms. Feris has performed widely as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Europe, and the United States.

Baritone Michael Koon, an assistant professor of voice at Auburn University, will present a recital Monday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. in Huntingdon's Smith Music Building, Delchamps Recital Hall.  He holds performance degrees in voice from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University (B.M.), Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (D.M.A.).  He has taught voice in Maryland, Ohio, Washington, for the University of Wisconsin system, and for the Crane School of Music, an entity of the State University of New York system. He has sung with opera companies and appeared as a soloist across the US, including the Seattle, Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Whitewater and Sorg Opera Companies, as well as with the Olympia Chamber Orchestra and Rochester Oratorio Society, among many performances.  In 2009 he was appointed to the staff of the Opera Institute of California, with whom he did a master class of operatic repertoire at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. He will be accompanied on piano by Henning Vauth, an instructor of piano at Auburn University and laureate of the Concours Grieg International Competition for Pianists in Norway (Schubert Prize) and the IBLA Grand Prize International Piano Competition in Italy, and has performed on leading stages across Europe and the US.  The recital will include songs from Franz Schubert's Winterreise.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. The College motto is "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service."  The Department of Music offers degrees in music education and in music with concentrations in performance and worship leadership. For more information on this concert or other upcoming events, contact the Huntingdon College Office of Communications at (334) 833-4515.


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Office: (334) 833-4515
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