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Vocal Trio to perform at the Reiland

The North Dakota Vocal Arts Trio, consisting of Richard Walentine, Anne Christopherson and Katherine Noone will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, in Denault Auditorium in the Reiland Fine Arts Center at the University of Jamestown. The concert is free and open to the public.

The trio has compiled a series of 20 pieces on the American experience. A variety of music will be performed beginning with “Nelly Bly,” written in 1850 by Stephen Foster. “Nelly Bly” is the origin of journalist and circumnavigator Elizabeth Jane Cochran’s pen name. Other pieces to be sung include Julia Frances Smith’s “Prairie Kaleidoscope” written in 1981, a series of five songs, and “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” written in 1947 by Samuel Barber which demonstrates an idyllic picture of America as seen from the perspective of a man having just experienced two world wars and the Depression.

Lyric coloratura soprano Christopherson has enjoyed a career in the genres of art song, cabaret, opera, operetta, musical theatre and oratorio. Christopherson has been acclaimed for her “dazzlingly supple voice” and “well-honed ability to convey emotion, tenderness, and poignancy.” Her stage roles range from Mozart to Ward and Gilbert and Sullivan to Sondheim. Christopherson teaches at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and serves as associate department chair and coordinator of the Voice Area.

Noone, soprano, is a singer and actor, appearing with Act Up Theatre, Opera Omaha, Highland Summer Theatre, Fargo Moorhead Opera, Lofte Theatre, University of Nebraska’s Summer Repertory Theatre and University of Nebraska Opera Theatre. She is an assistant professor of voice/music theater, a position that serves both the music and theatre departments. She is also the coordinator and faculty head for musical theater at International Music Camp. In addition to her performance and teaching activities, Noone has an extensive background as a musical and stage director. She has directed and/or musically directed more than 35 musicals in the region and is also active in National Association of Teachers of Singing, serving as the district governor and past president of North Dakota NATS.

Baritone Richard Walentine is professor of music and chair of the department of music at the University of Jamestown. He also serves as music director for the fall musical performances and has directed productions for the Arts Center in Jamestown. He currently serves as director of the performing arts Series at the University of Jamestown. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Jamestown, he served as director of opera at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and as an adjunct faculty member at Hastings College. Walentine is known for his interpretation of French art song, comedic musical theater roles and the patter roles of Gilbert and Sullivan.

The vocal artists will be accompanied by pianists Pamela Burkhardt, Andrew Froelich and Keith Teepen. Burkhardt is a Jamestown College (now University of Jamestown) graduate who frequently performs as part of the Jamestown Performing Arts Series. Froelich was a professor of piano and theory at North Dakota State University until he retired in May. Teepen is a global performer who currently is part of the faculty at UND as a piano instructor/accompanist.