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For Immediate Release
March 6, 2014

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Stuart Soloway
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Bass-Baritone Paul Houghtaling to Sing a Recital at Brockport

“From Bach to Rock” Features Classical Music, Musical Theatre and Contemporary Sounds

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Press Release Photo Kevin Chance

Brockport, NY – Whether he is singing Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, playing the gloriously vain Maximilian in Bernstein’s Candide, or directing the Opera Theatre at the University of Alabama, bass-baritone Paul Houghtaling has music covered, onstage and off. Accompanied by pianist Kevin Chance, he will bring his wide-ranging love of music to The College at Brockport for a concert entitled “From Bach to Rock” on Friday, March 28, 2014, at 7:30 pm in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley Street. Tickets are $16/General, $11/Seniors, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $8.50/Students. They are available online at fineartstix.brockport.edu, by phone at (585) 395-2787, or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office, 180 Holley Street, Brockport. The Bach in the title of the program refers to one of the composer’s cantatas, “Ich habe genug” (“I have enough”), which is drawn from the story of the biblical elder Simeon. In this New Testament story, God has promised Simeon that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. As one of several of Bach’s cantatas which express contempt for life on earth and a yearning for death, “Ich habe genug” represents, as Uri Galomb of Cambridge University states, “a certain Bachian paradox, wherein some of the most life-denying texts led to some of his most life-affirming music.”

The second portion of Houghtaling’s program will feature a diverse selection of songs from the popular and classical worlds, including American musical theatre, folk songs, and spirituals drawn from his 30-year career. The singer promises there will be “something for everyone… some familiar tunes and some classics on this unique musical journey!”

Houghtaling (pronounced hoe-TAIL-ing) admits that “the second portion of the program is a real grab-bag, but I enjoy programming musical theatre and jazz standards side by side with classical art songs in all languages. It gives me a chance to share something more about myself with the audience, everything from why I chose the song, what I hope they get out of it, and maybe a story or two about my history with that piece of music.”

Paul Houghtaling has been hailed by critics for his versatility and distinctive style and has enjoyed success in a variety of stage and concert repertoire. Career highlights for the Troy, NY, native include European tours as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Teatro Lirico d’Europa (“…an extraordinary Papageno of comic sensitivity, naiveté and tenderness, served by a superb voice...” Salon de Provence); a debut with the Bard Music Festival and the American Symphony Orchestra in Haydn’s L’Infedeltá Delusa (“…revealed a striking and flexible baritone.” Opera News); Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King with ALEA III in Boston; Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall; works of Bach with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Classical Orchestra, and others; United States tours with the Waverly Consort, including Kennedy Center appearances; “Opera Buffa: Comedy on Stage” on Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artists” series; and his acclaimed Gilbert & Sullivan interpretations with the Anchorage, Cedar Rapids, Central City, Knoxville, Saratoga, and Nashville Operas, among others. Houghtaling made his directing debut with an acclaimed production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (“I’ve seen Mozart’s joyous opera many times before, and this was the best by far. It was an exhilarating event.” The New York Times). Houghtaling has appeared in concert nationally, with Kevin Chance accompanying him. He is currently associate professor of voice and director of Opera Theatre at the University of Alabama. Pianist Kevin T. Chance is currently the co-chair of the piano department at the University of Alabama. He has performed throughout the US and abroad, and made his Carnegie Hall debut with the UA Singers in 2010. Recent engagements include Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Athens Chorale in Georgia and the Baton Rouge Symphony, a recital at the Des Moines Symphony Academy, and numerous other concerts. He is a member of the Semplice Duo with flutist Cristina Ballatori; together they made their Paris debut in 2013. An alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival, he holds an MM from Louisiana State University. -end-

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