Guest Artist Recital featuring Dr. Kathy Price and Dr. Karen Murphy
By Randall Hooper
COMMERCE, TX—The Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Commerce will feature a guest artist recital on February 19th at 7:30 pm in the Music Building, Finney Concert Hall, featuring Dr. Kathy Price, soprano of Westminster Choir College and Dr. Karen Murphy, piano of Mississippi State University.
Dr. Price has performed as soloist in such distinguished venues as The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and in a solo concert tour of the Czech Republic. Her operatic roles include "Mařenka" in Smetana's The Bartered Bride, "Miss Silverpeal" in Mozart's The Impresario, "Lucy" in Menotti's The Telephone, and the title roles in both The Merry Widow and Naughty Marietta.
She has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras across the United States. For twelve seasons, Dr. Price performed with the Washington National Opera Chorus, the last six being under the artistic direction of Plácido Domingo. Recently, she appeared with the Amelia Island Chamber Singers as their soloist in A Night at the Opera, and as soloist with the Starkville Symphony (Mississippi) in Bach’s cantata BWV 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. A frequent performer at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C., in 2011 Dr. Price sang the title role in a concert version of Dvořak's Rusalka , and in 2012 performed a solo recital of Beloved Dvořak Arias there. She will serve as soloist and clinician in July 2012 at the Festival Internacional de Música de Campina Grande, Brazil.
Dr. Murphy is an active collaborative pianist and has performed with singers and choirs throughout the United States and abroad. She was the tour accompanist for the Phoenix Boys Choir, recording several CDs with them. While pursuing her doctorate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, she was choir accompanist for St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, premiering Emma Lou Diemer’s Shift and Evensong for choir and organ.
Starting piano at the age of four with her father as her first teacher, she holds solo and collaborative performance degrees from Indiana University, Arizona State University and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Murphy served as a musical director at the Arizona Family Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. She has premiered several new works including the Southwest premier of Ellwood Derr's song-cycle Six Songs of Sundry Sorts for soprano, alto saxophone and piano, Lori Laitman's song-cycle The Blood Jet where Laitman praised her performance as extremely sensitive and musical.
With William L. Giles Distinguished English Professor Nancy D. Hargrove, Murphy collaborates annually in presenting interdisciplinary programs on such American poets Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Elliot and Langston Hughes (2013). In 2012, Dr. Murphy was collaborative pianist and vocal coach for the Festival Internacional de Música de Campina Grande, Brazil.
Later this month duo will premier Jonathan Kolm’s song cycle Sanctuaries of Heaven and Earth. Excerpts from the Kolm’s song cycle will performed as part of the recital presented in Commerce.
The recital is free to the public. For more information contact the department of music at 903-886-5304 or email@example.com.