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Joel Burcham/Elizabeth Avery

8 p.m., Saturday March 01

The School of Music and Sutton Artist Series present American Tenor Joel Burcham with Elizabeth Avery, on piano in a special performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the Pitman Recital Hall, in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd Street Norman.  This is Burcham's debut at the University of Oklahoma.  They will perform songs by Schumann and Liszt.

American tenor Joel Burcham has firmly established himself as a young professional in the world of opera and classical music. A star on the rise, he is known for his dominant stage presence as demonstrated through sensitive acting and “effortless command of his voice”, which was further described by Chris Shull of the Wichita Eagle as a tenor voice of “clarion tone and operatic power”. “Burcham’s soft voice”, declared Jim Edwards of the Chicago Tribune, “was lyrical and smooth as silk but when he opened up his voice, beautiful loud steely notes poured forth.” This versatile tenor voice has appropriately enabled Mr. Burcham to command leading roles with several of North America’s top opera companies. Handsome as he is gifted, Burcham meets each engagement with self-assured dignity and grace. Operatic highlights include Alfredo in La Traviata with Music by the Lake, Lake Geneva Wisconsin; The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto for Opera Fort Collins; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Knoxville Opera; Spoletta in Tosca for Madison Opera; and Pang in Turandot for Madison Opera and Opera Omaha. Mr. Burcham made his professional operatic debut with his portrayal of Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri with Central City Opera.

Pianist Elizabeth Avery is increasingly in demand as a vocal coach and collaborative artist, and has been heard in performances throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.  An advocate of the music of living composers, Avery has given world premiere performances on stages such as New York City’s Steinway Hall and Weill Recital Hall, and has premiered Italian operas with the International Opera Theater in Umbria and Piemonte. Other notable engagements have included the Eastman Opera Theater, Nashville Opera, and several summers as official coach/pianist for the “Deutsch für Sänger” program at Middlebury College’s prestigious German Language School. Avery is also a faculty coach at the Up North Vocal Institute - a unique young artist program that focuses not only on training the voice, but the mind and body as well. 

Avery was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music under distinguished collaborator and pedagogue Jean Barr at the Eastman School of Music, winning the esteemed C. Eschenbach Prize in recognition of distinguished collaboration with singers. Dr. Avery earned her Masters degree as a fellowship student of renowned vocal coach and collaborator Martin Katz at the University of Michigan, and has studied at the Prague Conservatory, where she developed a specialization in Czech lyric diction and repertoire.

Where: University of Oklahoma
Phone: 325-0311
Address: 660 Parrington Oval

University of Oklahoma

660 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK
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