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Takoma Park, MD. (January 8, 2019)—Soprano Madison Leonard, a 2018 Grand Finals winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, will headline the next Anna H. Wang Presidential Concert Series performance on the campus of Washington Adventist University (WAU) on Saturday evening January 26.

Spanning the last six centuries through song and spoken word, Ms. Leonard shares the words of Maya Angelou, Rupi Kaur and Mary, Queen of Scots alongside pianist Christopher Koelzer. The duo offers an expansive program ranging from Robert Schumann to Lori Laitman, featuring exclusively the poetry of female writers.

Ms. Leonard recently made her National Symphony Orchestra debut with Music Director Gianandrea Noseda conducting Stravinsky’s Pulcinella as part of the John F. Kennedy Center’s SHIFT Festival, and returned later this year as soloist in Vaughan William’s Symphony No. 3 (A Pastoral Symphony) under the baton of Sir Mark Elder. She looks forward to returning to Wolf Trap Opera this summer for her role debut as Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo.

Pianist Christopher Koelzer returned for his second season in Washington National Opera’s (WNO) Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in the fall of 2018, as Assistant Conductor for La Traviata. In WNO’s 2017–2018 season, he was Assistant Conductor for The Barber of Seville. He was awarded the Outstanding Collaborative Pianist Award and Grand Prize Art Song in the Metropolitan International Music Festival Competition in New York in 2016.

Established in 2017, the Anna H. Wang Presidential Concert Series commemorates the life of a remarkable woman whose great passions were music and education. Anna Wang devoted her life to service, both in nursing and health care administration, and was honored posthumously at the 2017 WAU Visionaries Gala for her Excellence in Benevolent Service to Humanity. Ticket sales for the Series performances will contribute to the building of the new concert hall, which will complete Phase II of the Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center.

“We are particularly excited to showcase these acclaimed young performing artists in concert, and to have them instruct and encourage our own up-and-coming Music Department students,” said WAU President Weymouth Spence. “Washington Adventist University is deeply indebted to the family of Anna Wang for making it possible for our school to present these preeminent artists to our neighbors in the Washington-area community.”

CONCERT

What: Anna H. Wang Presidential Concert Series Performance featuring Soprano Madison Leonard

When: Saturday, January 26, at 8:00 p.m. (VIP reception at 7:30 p.m.)

Where: The Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center’s James T. Bingham Rehearsal Hall at Washington Adventist University, 7711 Greenwood Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912.

MASTERCLASS

What: Ms. Leonard will work with selected WAU students

When: Sunday, November 11 from 12 – 2pm

Where: The Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center’s James T. Bingham Rehearsal Hall at Washington Adventist University, 7711 Greenwood Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912

For more information about the Anna H. Wang Presidential Concert Series, or to learn more about how to contribute to the new concert hall, please contact Executive Director of Development Tanya R. Sweeney at tsweeney@wau.edu or 301-576-0105.

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