Joyful Noises season ends with music for mothers

A program of light classics and familiar vocal selections will conclude the season of Joyful Noises Concert Series for the Community at 4 p.m. May 8 at the Liverpool First United Methodist Church, 604 Oswego St.

Pianist Russell Miller, Eastman School of Music faculty member, and tenor Todd Graber, faculty member at SUNY Oswego, have chosen Bach transcriptions, piano music by Chopin, Brahms, and Debussey. Vocal selections include favorites of their mothers, including "Because" and "I'll Walk With God."

This gift of music is for all in the community. There is no charge for the concert, but a free-will donation will be accepted. Ample free parking, comfortable seating, and excellent acoustics make this an ideal way to spend Mother's Day afternoon.

James O. Welsch, artistic director of Joyful Noises, said, "We are pleased to present this entertaining duo in a special appearance as we conclude the third season of the concert series. They will bring a high level of performance and a program that should appeal to a wide segment of the community."

Miller is on the voice and opera faculty at Eastman School of Music, Rochester. He earned a master of music degree from Manhattan School of Music, did doctoral studies at Julliard, and earned a DMA at University of Michigan. He has an extensive background in coaching and presenting master classes at conservatories and universities throughout the United States, and has served on the faculty of University of the West, Peabody Conservatory, Oberlin and Bowling Green.

Graber, on the music department faculty at SUNY Oswego, is active as a vocal soloist and ensemble performer. He earned a master's degree in vocal performance at Bowling Green State University and a DMA at University of Michigan. His recordings include "Die Schoen Mullerin" with Juan Francisco La Manna, and two ensemble recordings of the vocal group S.A.T.B., with Russell Miller.

Submitted by Linda Loomis

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