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Soprano Jo Ellen Miano to give recital at SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Plattsburgh’s Department of Music will present soprano Jo Ellen Miano in a faculty recital, accompanied by Dr. Karen Becker, Sunday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. in Krinovitz Recital Hall, located in Hawkins Hall.

Tickets, available at the door beginning at 3 p.m., are free but required because space is limited. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

In her program, “How Can I Keep From Singing,” Miano will perform Italian songs by Francesco Tosti and Musetta’s aria, “Quando m’en vo,” from Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème.” She will also present two collaborative works on the recital: Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Le Bonheur est chose lègére,” written for soprano, violin and piano, and Franz Schubert’s “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” (“The Shepherd on the Rock”), written for soprano, clarinet and piano. Miano will be joined by Marilyn Reynolds on violin and and Janine Scherline on clarinet.

The latter half of the program will feature Miano’s performance of “Hermit Songs,” the major song cycle by Samuel Barber, who wrote that his songs “are settings of anonymous Irish texts of the eighth to 13th centuries written by monks and scholars, often on the margins of manuscripts they were copying or illuminating — perhaps not always meant to be seen by their Father Superiors.”

Miano will conclude the program with well-known Americana — songs by Stephen Foster.

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