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Mary Ann Hart Returns to UCM for Friends of Music Concert

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 30, 2008) – The UCM Friends of Music Society will host Warrensburg native and UCM alumna Mary Ann Hart as she returns to her alma mater for a concert Monday, Nov. 10.

The internationally renowned mezzo soprano will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Hart Recital Hall, which is named in honor of her father, the late Ralph E. Hart, chair of the UCM Department of Music from 1952 until his retirement in 1975. Her concert will include songs by Ralph Vaughn-Williams, Edvard Grieg, Cole Porter, and Claude Debussy.  She will be accompanied at the piano by Mia Hynes, associate professor of music.

Distinguished Career in Opera

Hart received a Bachelor of Music degree from UCM in 1973 and a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois in 1976. She also received her diploma with distinction in Lied and Oratorio, Hochschüle für Musik, Vienna in 1978.

She made her New York Philharmonic debut under the baton of Kurt Masur. She has appeared with the New York Chamber Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, American Composer’s Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Boston Baroque, and has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Mary Ann Hart
Mary Ann Hart

Also a Recording Artist

Hart has recorded a solo CD of American songs, Permit Me Voyage, and was one of four vocalists who recorded the complete songs of Charles Ives. She also can be heard on a CD of the songs of Henry Cowell, all on the Albany label. She appeared in the United States tour of the Philip Glass opera, Hydrogen Jukebox, and recorded that work for Nonesuch. Her voice also appears on the soundtrack of the popular Disney musical classic, Beauty and the Beast.

Sharing Her Gift as a Music Educator

A winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and recipient of second prize in the Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition, Hart also was awarded a Solo Recitalist Grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. Recital appearances have taken her to 26 American states, Austria, Germany, Romania, Canada, and the Virgin Islands. She previously was on the faculties of Vassar College and the Mannes School of Music, and is professor of music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and chair of the Department of Voice.

Master Classes Open to the Public

In addition to the public recital, Hart will be conducting two master classes prior to her concert. The first master class will feature regional winners of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and other invited students at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. The second class will feature students from the UCM Department of Music at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. Both master classes will meet in Hart Recital Hall.

Tickets Available Nov. 3

The public is invited to attend the master classes at no charge. Tickets for the Nov. 10 concert are available beginning Monday, Nov. 3, through the Performing Arts Series box office in Administration 100, 660-543-8888, from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets prices are $12 for adults and $5 for UCM students and children 17 and under. Tickets also will be available at the door one hour prior to the concert. For more information, contact Hynes at 660-543-8890.