February 2, 2010
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CONCERT BEING RESCHEDULED: Master Class planned for Feb. 12
Tenor Timothy Culver plans free SRU guest recital
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Timothy Culver, a tenor and staple in the Great Lakes music scene, will present a free, guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in Slippery Rock University's Swope Music Hall.
Culver recently was on campus as judge for the annual Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition. As part of his upcoming campus visit he will present a 4 p.m. master class in Swope.
Culver, often described as "a rich, but penetrating tenor" is equally at home in both operatic and musical theatre works.
His performance at SRU will offer works by Vivaldi, Ludwig van Beethoven, Reynal do Hahn, Francesco Tosti, Ernesto de Curtis, Eduardo di Capua, Samuel Barber, Lori Laitman and Lee Hoiby.
He has performed with the Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Lansing Lyric Opera, Porthouse Theatre, Huron Playhouse and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Some of his recent roles include Edgardo in "Lucia di Lammermoor," Il duca di Mantua in "Rigoletto," Alfredo in "La Traviata" and Nemorino in "L'elisir d'amore."
During the inaugural season of the Opera Theatre of Lucca in Lucca, Italy, he performed and studied under the direction of internationally renowned baritone Lorenzo Malfatti.
A frequent recitalist, oratorio and concert soloist, he sang in the U.S. premiere of Erwin Schulhoff's "H.M.S. Royal Oak" with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and in 2002, began as an assistant professor of voice at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, where he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees.
Accompanying Culver will be pianist Judith Ryder who is the founding director of Cleveland Opera's well-known education and outreach program, Cleveland Opera on Tour. The program is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ohio Governor's Award for Arts in Education. The diverse education and outreach programs she developed in her 31 years with Cleveland Opera reached an average of 80,000 people throughout the Midwest and beyond. As the music administrator for Cleveland Opera, Ryder was company liaison to conductors, served as the opera orchestra's personnel manager and was music director for the company's series of imaginative children's operas and other touring and main-stage productions.
A graduate of Eastman School of Music, Ryder was also coach and keyboardist for the Robert Page Singers.
Colleen Gray, SRU associate professor of music, arranged the recital.
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