March 10, 2013

Campus concert to feature opera, piano selections

Deborah Popham and Rebekah Jordan-Miller team up to provide an evening of opera and classical piano when Dalton State’s Concerts on Campus series presents the pair together in recital Saturday evening, March 16.

The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.

Both performers are members of the music faculty at Shorter College in Rome.

Popham has performed such roles as Madame Lidoine in “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” Vitellia in “La Clemenza di Tito,” Cathleen in “Riders to the Sea” and Tatania Navigator in “Royal Flush,” an original improvisational opera.

She has performed internationally as a soloist throughout Italy and Switzerland, including the soprano solo of Fauré’s “Requiem.” She has also performed in productions of “Tosca” and “Sweeney Todd” with Arizona Opera.

In addition, she has directed operas including “Die Zauberflöte,” “The Ballad of Baby Doe,” “La Canterina,” “La Divina” and “The Telephone” with Shorter Opera Theatre, “The Old Maid and the Thief” with Penny Opera, and served as assistant director for “L’elisir d’amore” at Arizona State University.

Popham currently serves Shorter as assistant professor of music/opera director and coordinator of vocal studies. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she earned bachelor’s degrees in voice performance, English and philosophy from the University of Akron where she also began graduate studies in music theory. She earned the Master of Music degree in music theater performance (opera) and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance from Arizona State University.

She will be accompanied on piano by Jordan-Miller, who has performed widely, both as a soloist and collaborative artist, in venues throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, Australia and Norway.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music and completed her master’s degree in music criticism from McMaster University. She recently completed her doctoral studies in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. During her doctoral studies, Jordan-Miller completed research in the area of performance psychology, developing a 12-week mental skills training program for advanced pianists.

She has produced two CD projects: “Let Heaven Kiss Earth,” which was recorded when she was 19 years old with proceeds benefiting Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, and “The Sounds of Four Hands,” which features music for four hands at one piano.

The concert is open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more information, call Ellie Jenkins at (706) 272-2528.


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