Hargrove, Murphy part of Guest Artist Recital

A free Guest Artist Recital this week at Mississippi State will feature visiting operatic tenor Jonathan Price and university faculty members Karen Murphy (photo) and Nancy Hargrove.

The 7:30 p.m. Thursday [Jan. 12] program in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium of the Giles Architecture Building will include English composer Benjamin Britten's "Winter Words" set to Thomas Hardy's poetry.

A Giles Distinguished Professor Emerita of English and Thomas Hardy authority, Hargrove will set the stage for the performance with presentations about the poet and composer.

The program also will include selections of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff and melodies by French composer Henri Duparc.

Price has performed as a soloist throughout the United States and Europe, including Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, Cincinnati's Music Hall and Boston's Shubert Theater. A second-year master's degree student in voice performance at the Boston Conservatory, he is a voice graduate of University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.

A University of Minnesota doctoral graduate and MSU faculty member since 2007, Murphy is a collaborative pianist who has performed with singers, instrumentalists and choirs across the United States, Canada and Europe. She has appeared at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and Chautauqua Institute in New York, among other locales.

Hargrove was a member of the English faculty from 1970 until her retirement in 2008. Over her long campus career, she has received numerous honors for teaching and research, including the CASE Mississippi Professor of the Year Award. She also is the author of numerous books and essays.

For information on other 2012 music department programs, visit www.music.msstate.edu.

Margaret Kovar | University Relations

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