Dakota Brown Recital
Dakota Brown, a 2013 graduate of Western State Colorado University and last year’s winner of the Damson music competition, will present a vocal recital at the university on Tuesday, October 15. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is set for 7:30 p.m. in Quigley Recital Hall.
Oct 15, 2013
from 07:30 pm to 09:30 pm
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Brown, who is pursuing a career in opera, will sing musical theatre numbers, three works by Italian composers and a selection of music by Mozart, Handel and Bizet. He will sing selections from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, assisted by Jessica Bicknell, Lily Olsen, Robyn Fritschen and Dani Austin. Throughout the concert he will be accompanied by pianist Alyce Meredith.
The native of Woodland Park, Colorado, originally came to Western intending to play football and follow his interests in hunting and fishing. He began studying music, however, and developed a great interest in opera. “In opera, you get to take a character and interpret it your own way, and add your own voice and feel,” he said. “I love that sort of creativity.”
During his time at Western he spent summers singing in the Crested Butte Music Festival opera presentations. At the university he participated in concert choir, chamber ensemble, and other performing groups. He is currently a member of the Opera Study and Performance Group of Gunnison which, in December, will present the one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian-Carlo Menotti. He will sing the role of King Melchoir.
The October 15 concert is a follow-up to his winning performance in the F. George Damson Music Performance Competition. The competition is the result of a fund established by Mrs. Mary Kay Arbuthnot and her family to honor the memory of her father, the late F. George Damson. Mr. Damson taught at WSCU (then Western State College) for thirty-seven years and was the originator and director of the renowned Gunnison Summer Music Camp. With Edwyl Redding and Annie F. Andres, he composed the school's Alma Mater.
Submitted by Larry Meredith