From Bach to Ellington Featured in Faculty Chamber Recital

1/25/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Department of Music at Ashland University presents a faculty chamber recital Sunday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall featuring Stephanie Sikora, soprano and associate professor of voice.

Pavlina Draganova will accompany the recital on piano while several fellow musicians assist including Jane Berkner, flute; Stephen Aron, guitar; Scott Garlock, trombone; and Christopher Simmons, piano. The performance is free and open to the public.

The program will include Sikora singing two Bach arias, "Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas" by de Falla, "The Giraffes Go to Hamburg" by Andre Previn and several Duke Ellington songs.

Currently in her 19th year as head of the voice area in the Department of Music at Ashland University, Sikora teaches Applied Voice, Diction for Singers, Opera Workshop, and directs the Women's Chorus.

She has sung over 100 performances with Cleveland Opera on Tour, as well as appearing in Cleveland Opera's main stage productions of "The Merry Widow," "Hansel and Gretel," "Mikado," and "Die Fledermaus."

She has been a guest soloist on four occasions with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Festival, including "An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan," under the baton of Robert Page; "Bernstein's Broadway," conducted by Leonard Slatkin, and most recently in July 2000, the world premiere of "Song in Sorrow" by Augusta Reed Thomas, conducted by Jahja Ling, commemorating the Kent State University 1970 uprising.

Recent engagements have included the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Mansfield Symphony in May 2007, a "Spring Forward for Opera" concert in Lewiston N.Y., and performances in Paris, Nice and Frejus, France, of Bach's Kaffee Kantate with the Association pour le Developpment de la Musique Baroque in June 2007.

For more information about the recital, visit the Web site at www.ashland.edu/music<http://www.ashland.edu/music> or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu<mailto:tapplega@ashland.edu>.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.