September 16, 1997

Margaret Lattimore, Mezzo-Soprano, and Pianist Brian Zeger to Appear at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts

A recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Program, American mezzo-soprano Margaret Lattimore will perform in the Concert Hall with pianist Brian Zeger at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on Friday, Sept. 26 at 8:00 p.m. Lattimore's concert is the second event in the Middlebury College 1997-1998 Concert Series and is presented in association with the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

As an artist in residence at the College from Sept. 22-26, she also will lead local interactive musical sessions with community groups, school children and College students.

Spanning many centuries and styles, Lattimore's performance will include "Das Rosenband" and other works by Richard Strauss, selections from Hector Berlioz's "Les Nuits di Ete," and several Benjamin Britten arrangements of Henry Purcell's songs. The varied program also features cabaret songs, from Ben Moore's "Who can say what love is!" to Gene Scheer and Lee Musiken's "Eating the blues away."

Lattimore has performed at the Metropolitan Opera and at theaters throughout the United States. "New York Magazine" describes her as "…a 24 year old mezzo-soprano who sang the rondo-finale of Rossini's La Cenerentola with a beautifully textured burned-caramel voice, an unclouded two-and-a-half-octave range, and agile technique, and an infectious musical sparkle, all of which single her out as a very special talent." This season, she looks forward to debuts with the Washington Opera, Opera Pacific, and the Calgary Opera in Canada. Equally successful on the concert stage, Lattimore appears this year with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony.

Since he played his New York recital debut at Lincoln Center little more than a decade ago, Zeger has built a career as a solo pianist and chamber performer, collaborating with such musicians as Itzhak Perlman and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets for this concert series performance are $9.00 general admission and $7.00 for senior citizens. A pre-performance dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts is also available. To order tickets or make dinner reservations, please call the College box office at 802-443-6433.