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Nov. 21, 2006

Birmingham-Southern music professor to present holiday concert “under the stars”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College music professor and soprano Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw will perform a holiday concert along with Birmingham's early music consort, Sine Nomine, assisted at the harpsichord by BSC Adjunct Music Professor Adam Bowles. Their performance titled “Star of Wonder: A Concert for the Season” will take place at the BSC Robert R. Meyer Planetarium Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 and 10 at 2 p.m.

The performance will include early and traditional works that evoke the spirit and beauty of the holiday. Performed on period instruments, the program includes music by Bach, Handel, and other master composers. Visual images and narration will explore the historical traditions of Christmas in this special performance “under the stars” at the BSC Planetarium.

Since 1994, Leary-Warsaw has been the producer, writer, and host of "In Concert," a series of internationally televised classical concerts on EWTN Cable Network. She has been heard in recital, opera, and oratorio performances throughout the United States, as well as South America and Austria. She has performed with organizations such as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, The Washington Singers, Opera Americana, Alabama OperaWorks, Kentucky Opera Association, Birmingham Art Music Alliance, Crittenden Opera Theater, Peabody Opera Theater, and Summer Opera Theater of Washington, D.C.

In addition, in 2000, Leary-Warsaw's doctoral dissertation entitled "Nineteenth-Century French Art Song of New Orleans: A Repertoire Study" was recognized by the Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University as a "genuinely important work in American music history," for which she received a Peabody Career Development Grant. Her documentation of the life and songs of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel was among the pioneering research done on this composer which was presented in 1988 at the Women: The Arts & Society National Conference at Susquehanna University.

Admission to the holiday concert is $2 for adults; $1 for children ages 12 and under. For more information, call 205/226-4950.



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