Award-Winning Soprano to Close Chamber Concert Season

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – March 29, 2018 – The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center Chamber Concert Series will close its 2017/2018 season with a solo recital by award-winning soprano Meghan DeWald. DeWald, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has performed throughout the United States including on the prestigious stages at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

DeWald earned her Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She has performed extensively in operatic works from Mozart’s Requiem to Rossini’s Barber of Seville and is a champion of new music enjoying collaborations with several contemporary composers. Prior to her move to Pittsburgh, DeWald performed under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.

“Marilyn Horne has been a keen advocate of the art of vocal recital for decades. Her foundation has been dedicated to supporting youth seeking careers in the opera world.” Said Matthew Hileman, Manager of the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center. “I’m delighted to be offering a world-class vocalist for the finale of this series.”

The recital will take place in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel on the Pitt-Bradford Campus, Sunday April 15, at 3 p.m. This will be the first of the six chamber concerts to take place on campus. The previous five have been held at Marilyn Horne Hall in downtown Bradford. When asked why the venue had changed, Matthew Hileman commented, “This is a very special concert that requires a very special setting. The Wick chapel was designed for acoustic performances and the bright and airy space overlooking the woods is the perfect backdrop for a vocal recital.”

The recital, entitled The Operatic Voice, is free and open to the public. The doors to the chapel will open at 2 p.m. and the performance will begin promptly at 3 p.m. Reservations are suggested but not required for this event. More information can be found at www.marilynhorne.org.

About the Concert Series
The Marilyn Horne Museum Chamber Concert Series is provided in part by a grant from The Year of Healthy U. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Music is an integral part of the human experience and contributes to the richness of our lives. Scientific studies have shown that classical music can have a positive impact on adults and children suffering from stress, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and even epilepsy. This concert series is designed to offer classical music experiences to both newcomers to the genre and seasoned patrons.

About the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center
The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center is a division of the University of Pittsburgh. The museum’s mission is to further interest in the art of opera and to inspire and educate new generations on the importance of art, culture and philanthropy through the life, achievements, and personal archives of renowned mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Horne. The 3,400 square-foot exhibition space features 19 interactive exhibits, a documentary film, costumes, and artifacts from the personal archives of Marilyn Horne. Open daily. Admission is free.