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


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


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


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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