Music of Southern Composers: Marlissa Hudson, soprano and David Heid, pianist
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 4:00pm
Music of Southern Composers, including William Grant Still's "Songs of Separation" and a complete performance of Jake Heggie's "At the Statue of Venus." Duke alumna Marlissa Hudson (T '99) has been described as a "superb lyric coloratura" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). At home both on the operatic and concert stage, Ms. Hudson made her professional debut while a student, performing "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess with the Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch. Recognized as an engaging international concert performer, she has been featured in Bulgaria and Paraguay. In the U.S. she has collaborated with such esteemed organizations as the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, 92Y, Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Choralis, members of the Arianna Quartet, and Vocal Essence. She has performed as a featured recitalist across the continental U.S. and St. Croix US VI. Ms. Hudson received her formal training with Susan Dunn at Duke University and at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She earned awards for music at both schools, including a Peabody Career Development Grant. David Heid is a staff accompanist and teaches piano at Duke University as well as being in demand throughout the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area as a collaborative artist. He has worked with the Choral Society of Durham, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Theater in the Park, NC Opera, and others.