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Eastern to Hold Vocal Recital for Professor Riggs

Written by Nana OwusuAgyemang

emily riggs BEST.jpg Willimantic, Conn. - The Performing Arts Department at Eastern Connecticut State University will hold a faculty solo vocal recital to welcome new faculty member Emily Riggs on March 10 at 3 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium. The vocal recital will feature Riggs singing in a variety of languages. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Riggs, a new voice professor and Vocal Studies coordinator at the University, is a soprano singer and an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Her current research and performance focuses on 20th and 21st century art song of Latin America. Riggs has recorded and translated more than 50 songs by world-class composers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, PerĂº and Venezuela, and appears regularly with her husband, PerĂºvian pianist David Ballena, in performances throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Active as a soloist and recitalist, Riggs recently collaborated with the two-time Grammy Award-winning music ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, in a performance of Schoenberg's chamber music works at the University of Richmond. This past January, she received critical acclaim from The New York Times for her performance in the Brooklyn Art Song Society's presentation of Charles Ives' complete songbook, "114 Songs," at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, NY.

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