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Barbara Laskin

Macalester New Music Series Presents Soprano Lucy Shelton with Margo Garrett, pianist, and the Enso String Quartet

Sunday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Lucy Shelton

St. Paul, Minn. - March 2, 2009 -The Macalester New Music Series presents soprano Lucy Shelton, twice the recipient of the Naumburg Award, pianist Margo Garrett and the Enso String Quartet, this Sunday, March 8, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. The concert is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Rivendell Foundation, the concert features Milton Babbitt's piece for solo voice and tape, "Philomel," Ginastera's Third String Quartet for soprano and strings with the Enso String Quartet, and pieces by Carter, Schwantner, Berio, Feldman and Birtwistle.

Shelton has premiered more than one hundred new works in her career, including Elliott Carter’s song cycle Of Challenge and Of Love and Oliver Knussen’s Whitman Settings.
A native of California, Shelton has taught at the Britten-Pears School and held faculty positions at numerous American schools including the Eastman School, Cleveland Institute, New England Conservatory of Music and is currently on the voice faculty for the new Contemporary Performance Degree at Manhattan School. Since 1996 she has been a resident artist faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Margo Garrett, on the faculty at Julliard, has collaborated with Jaime Laredo, Daniel Phillips, Paul Neubauer, David Shifrin, Sharon Robinson, Kathleen Battle, Barbara Bonney, Beverly Hoch, Dawn Upshaw, Benita Valente and the late Judith Raskin.  She is a former chair of accompanying and coaching at the University of Minnesota.

The Enso String Quartet consists of Maureen Nelson, violin; John Marcus, violin; Melissa Reardon, viola; and Richard Belcher, cello.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,884 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.