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Tribute to HARLEM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS Founder Dorothy Maynor, by Soprano Willsonia Boyer at Merkin Concert Hall | Oct 16th at 8pm **THIS WEEKEND**
(Published: October 15, 2010)

"...Ms. Boyer has a clear, pleasing timbre and superb interpretive instincts...with an alluring silkiness...rhythmic and coloristic flexibility...."
- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

Willsonia Boyer, Soprano Honors Dorothy Maynor
A celebratory tribute to noted African American Soprano and founder of the Harlem School of the Arts

Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8 pm
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center

2010 marks the centennial of Dorothy Maynor, the noted African American soprano and founder of Harlem School of the Arts who was one of a handful of renowned African American concert artists who forged a path for the acceptance of African American classical singers on opera and concert stages throughout the world.


New York, September 20, 2010-Soprano Willsonia Boyer, hailed by the New York Times as bringing a, "clear, pleasing timbre and superb interpretive instincts...," will honor the rich legacy of Dorothy Maynor in a celebratory tribute to the noted African American Soprano and founder of the Harlem School of the Arts at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, on Saturday, October16, 2010 at 8pm. This year marks the centennial of Dorothy Maynor, who was one of a handful of renowned African American concert artists who forged a path for the acceptance of African American classical singers on opera and concert stages throughout the world. Pianist Marijo Newman will be accompanying Ms. Boyer.

Boyer's celebratory tribute to Dorothy Maynor will include works performed by Maynor during her illustrious career. The evening's program will include: O Sleep, Why Dost Thou Leave Me' from Semele, G.F. Handel; Mandoline, Gabriel Fauré; Extase, Henri Duparc; Beau Soir, Claude Debussy; Guitares et Mandolines, Gabriel Grovlez; Richard Strauss' Kling!, Nacht and Zueignung; Pace, pace mio Dio, from La Forza del Destino, Giuseppi Verdi; Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's My Love, Minguillo, She Rested by the Broken Brook and Thou Art Risen, My Beloved;. Nathaniel Dett's arrangement of Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, In That Morning, Go On, Brother; Depuis le jour, Gustave Charpentier.

WILLSONIA BOYER, soprano, performs both as an opera singer and as a concert artist. Presented by the Hans and Rosy Epstein Memorial Committee, Boyer made her New York recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall to critical acclaim. Operatic appearances include engagements with New York City Opera, Bregenz Festspiele, Virginia Opera, The Bronx Opera, and New Jersey Concert Opera and performance venues include Europe and South America, as well as the United States. Operatic roles include the title role of Aida, Serena in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Helen in Schubert's The Conspirators, the Countess and Sandrina in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and La Finta Giardiniera, respectively. In addition, Ms. Boyer has appeared with the New Jersey Concert Opera in the title role of Tosca, and as Helmwige in Die Walküre in 2006, in New York City Opera's premier of Margaret Garner in 2007, in Sherry Boone's and Sean Jeremy Palmer's Ellen Craft in 2009, and with the Hodie Ensemble at Merkin Concert Hall in June 2010. Future engagements include encore performances of this tribute to Dorothy Maynor, and appearing as guest soloist with the Ars Musica Chorale in June 2011. Ms. Boyer is currently regular soloist for Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist in New York City. Boyer, a native Virginian, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hollins University, a Master's degree from Virginia State University, where she studied with Dr. Richard Edwards. She also studied in France at the Conservatoire de Neuilly, specializing in contemporary music under the tutelage of Francois Bernard Mâche, a pupil of Olivier Messiaen. Ms. Boyer currently studies with retired Metropolitan Opera baritone, John Fiorito.

MARIJO NEWMAN, pianist has served as assistant conductor at New York City Opera as well as the accompanist for The St. Cecilia Chorus. Other credits include Opera New Jersey, premieres at the Galicia Museum (Krakow, Poland), American Composers Alliance and the Flexible Orchestra. As a recitalist, she has appeared at Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Tilles Center. Ms. Newman holds degrees from the Mannes College of Music and The City University of New York.

This year marks the centennial of noted African American soprano and founder of Harlem School of the Arts, DOROTHY MAYNOR (1910 - 1996), was one of a handful of renowned African American concert artists who forged a path for the acceptance of African American classical singers on opera and concert stages throughout the world. Maynor was the first African American to sing for the inauguration of an American President when she sang for President Harry Truman's first inauguration in 1949. Thereafter, Maynor also sang for President Dwight Eisenhower's inauguration in 1953. She was the first African American artist to perform at Constitution Hall in 1952 and in 1975, never able to sing at New York's Metropolitan Opera, Maynor became the first African American to join its board of directors. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, educated at Hampton Institute in Virginia and Westminster Choir College in New Jersey, Maynor made her formal debut at New York's Town Hall in 1939. Performances followed later that year with the Boston Symphony at Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Receiving rave reviews each time, these performances launched Maynor into a career as one of the most highly praised, sought-after and highly paid singers in the concert world - despite the world of opera being closed to her. Following a career spanning 25 years, Maynor turned to music education. In 1963, she founded the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City and served as its executive director until 1979. The Harlem School of the Arts continues to educate young artists of color to this day.



Listings Information:
Willsonia Boyer, Soprano Honors Dorothy Maynor
Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8 pm

Ticket Information:
Single tickets: $35
Group discounts and half-price student tickets are available.
Call the box office for details.


Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
Tickets at 212 501 3330 or www.kaufman-center.org




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