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Faculty Recital: Mark Andrew Cleveland, bass

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Exeter, NH (February 16, 2007)—Phillips Exeter Academy will host a faculty recital with bass Mark Andrew Cleveland and pianist George Lopez on Tuesday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be held in Phillips Church on the corner of Tan Lane and Front Street. It is free and open to the public.

The evening’s performance will include Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and love songs by Henri Duparc, Robert Schumann and Flor Peeters.

Mark Andrew Cleveland has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Baroque, Cantata Singers, Boston Cecilia, Back Bay Chorale, Handel Society of Dartmouth, Concord Chorale, Manchester Choral Society, Newburyport Chorale and Worcester Chorus, among others. Acclaimed for his dramatic interpretation, his recent operatic engagements include Prism Opera, Salisbury Opera, the New Jersey June Opera Festival and several Boston University productions. Cleveland’s symphonic and festival appearances include the Southwest Florida Symphony, Festival of Two Worlds (in Charleston, SC, and Spoleto, Italy), Vermont Symphony, Tanglewood Festival, Ravinia and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He has recorded for Telarc with Boston Baroque, and participated in a Grammy award-winning recording of Barber’s opera, Antony and Cleopatra with the Spoleto Festival Chorus and Orchestra.  Cleveland has appeared with numerous chamber music ensembles, including the Tyaga String Quartet, Arcadia Players, Sarasa; and recently performed at the Murten Classics Festival in Switzerland, and the Holland Festival Oudemuziek Utrecht in the Netherlands with La Donna Musicale.

Later this season, he will appear in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Concord Chorale; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with The Nashua Symphony; and in Brahm’s Ein Deutches Requiem, with the Keene Chorale. An adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Cleveland currently teaches at St. Paul’s School, the Concord Community Music School in Concord, NH; and Phillips Exeter Academy.  A native of New Hampshire, Cleveland is a magna cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College, and currently serves as the Director of Music at Grace Episcopal Church in Manchester.

George Lopez has performed internationally as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. A laureate of several international competitions, he has received critical acclaim for his interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and is now preparing the complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos for his upcoming concert seasons.

At the invitation of the Holland Music Sessions, Lopez toured in Paris, London, Cologne, New York’s Weill Recital Hall, and Los Angeles, where he was hailed by The L.A. Times for his “...musical perspective, continuity, and kaleidoscopic colors.” He recently performed the Beethoven Third Piano Concerto in Switzerland, and gave recitals and master classes in Amsterdam and Holland. Lopez recently premiered a piano concerto written for him by Italian composer, Romeo Melloni. 

Lopez’s chamber music collaborations include the Emerson String Quartet, Trio of the Americas, and the Rainier Quartet. In New England, Lopez has appeared with the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, the Granite State Symphony Orchestra, and the Midcoast Symphony of Maine. Most recently, he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the N.H. Music Festival Orchestra. Born in New York and raised in Belize, Lopez started playing the piano at the age of 11. He won his first competition at age 14 in Texas, and two years later was awarded a full scholarship to the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. After graduating with honors, Lopez went to Paris on a Franco-American study grant and was given an unanimous First Prize for the Diplome Superieure. He completed his master’s degree in Amsterdam cum laude.

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Phillips Exeter Academy is a coeducational, independent preparatory school that was founded in 1781 and originated the system of instruction known as Harkness teaching in 1931. In the spirit of its charter to foster both goodness and knowledge, students come from a wide variety of geographic, economic, racial and religious backgrounds. The diverse student body comes from approximately 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands and 26 foreign countries.

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