Baritone Corey Trahan, a voice and opera instructor at Frostburg State University, will present “Super Bowl Serenade,” a faculty recital with guests artists, on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center. The performance is free and open to the public.
“Some people would probably not attend an afternoon of classical music on Super Bowl Sunday,” says Trahan. “With that in mind, we have named our concert ‘Super Bowl Serenade.’ We promise to get everyone home in time to watch the pre-game show.”
The concert will feature selections from several genres, including opera, classical, theatrical, pop and country music. In addition, the recital will offer appropriate costumes and moments of comedy.
Trahan is a native of Baton Rouge, La., and an active performer in opera, oratorio, musical theatre, operetta and recital venues. He has soloed with the Akron, Lake Charles, Shreveport, Brazos, Monroe and Houston Masterworks symphonies. He has also served as an apprentice with the Central City, Des Moines Metro, Nevada, Amarillo and Seagle Music Colony operas. Trahan is a recipient the Challenge American Grant from The National Endowment for the Arts, which allows him to tour as a recitalist during the 2002-2005 seasons. His tours are co-sponsored by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, where Trahan serves as artist in residence. He received his master of music degree from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in music from Louisiana State University. He is in his first year of teaching at FSU.
Trahan will be accompanied by mezzo-soprano Kristina Driskill, who has performed with companies including the Dallas Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Amarillo Opera, Opera Longview, New Orleans Opera, Opera in the Heights, OperaWorks, Barzosport Symphony and Orchestra X. Driskill has been an apprentice artist with Amarillo Opera and a young artist with Utah Festival Opera and was chosen as one of the grand finalist winners at the Opera Longview National Young Artist Competition. She holds a master of music degree from Rice University and bachelor of music degree from Louisiana State University.
Cellist Dr. Ellen Grolman, associate chair of FSU’s Division of Performing Arts and pianist Ann Baltz, founder and artistic director of the nationally acclaimed performance-training program OperaWorks, will also accompany Trahan.
“Kristina, Ann and I performed together in Dallas with the promise that one day we would take our program on the road,” says Trahan. “FSU is our first stop.”
For more information, contact the FSU Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
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