February 2, 2001

Baritone Scott Hendricks to Perform Feb. 17


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Marilyn Horne Foundation presents its fifth recital at Middlebury College Saturday, Feb. 17, with a performance by baritone Scott Hendricks who will be accompanied by pianist David Holkeboer. The foundation’s mission is to support song recitals and residencies by outstanding young singers. Hendricks’ performance is at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall at the College’s Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30). Hendricks will perform Vaughan Williams’ "Songs of Travel," four British folksongs arranged by Benjamin Britten, music by Carlos Guastavino titled "Flores Argentinas," and six selections from "Schwanengesang."

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Hendricks received his bachelor of music education degree from Louisiana State University and continued his music studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His list of operatic credits is growing with debut European performances this season as a member of the Cologne Opera. He will also make his debuts with the Santa Fe Opera as Ford in "Falstaff" and with the Utah Opera in the title role of "Eugene Onegin." In the 1997-1999 seasons, he was a member of the Opera Studio at the Houston Grand Opera. While there he sang Marcello in "La Boheme," Count Almaviva in "Le Nozze di Figaro," and the leading role of Prince Dimitry in the 1999 world premiere of Tod Machover’s "Resurrection."

Hendricks’ reviews speak almost as much to his ability as a comic actor as they do to his vocal talents. When he played Figaro in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," the Kansas City Star wrote: "The fine singing was led by baritone Scott Hendricks … For three hours Hendricks displayed a comfortable ease on stage that put the audience in the mood to laugh. He played Figaro’s gentle arrogance with the stylish panache of a top-notch actor."

Of his performance as Slook in "La Cambiale di Matrimonio," the Washington Post called him an "outstanding baritone" as well as "a comic sensation, winking, grimacing and cajoling … while at the same time sinking his powerful and plummy baritone voice into a role that has some of the best musical moments in the opera."

In addition to opera, Hendricks has been a frequent soloist. As a song recitalist, he has performed in more than 70 concerts with accompanist John Wustman as part of the Complete Songs of Franz Schubert Recital Series. He’s also performed as a soloist in Handel’s "Messiah" in New York and in Copland’s "The Tenderland" with the Minnesota Orchestra.

His awards include second place in the Metropolitan Opera Southwest Regional finals, finalist in the 1996 Palm Beach Opera Competition, and third place as well as Audience Choice Award in the 1996 Baltimore Opera Competition.

Pianist David Holkeboer graduated from Calvin College in Michigan, where he won first place in the Grand Rapids Symphony Contest. He received a Master of Music in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois. Mr. Holkeboer has worked at the Chamber Opera Theatre of New York, the First American Music Theatre Festival in Philadelphia, the O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute, and the Florentine Opera. Along with Scott Hendricks, he has been pianist in performance with Ariel Bybee, Philip Cokorinos, Susan Dunn, Faith Esham, and James McCracken.

Tickets for Hendricks’ performance are $10 for general admission and $8 for senior citizens. For tickets, call the College box office at 802-443-6433.

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