FSU Student Marsé Romero to Present Senior Voice Recital
Frostburg State University student Marsé Romero will present her senior voice recital, titled “Strange Fruit,” on Sunday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. She will be accompanied by pianist Joseph Yungen. Guest artists will include Mirto Dorcil on the piano and John Sommerfeld on the trumpet. The recital is free and open to the public.
Romero’s “Strange Fruit” is autobiographical, the fruit coming directly from the three trees she has been proudly “growing” since birth – being a woman, being Hispanic and being African-American. “I have strategically harvested fruits that show hope, passion, romance and inspiration,” she remarked. “But unfortunately, not every fruit that I have harvested for tonight is sweet and juicy. I will also be picking some bitter fruits that are full of heartache, brokenness, racism and suicide.”
Romero, a soprano, will perform “Somebody Gonna Love You” from “The Color Purple” by Allee Willis, Brenda Russell and Stephen Bray; “Cantar del Alma” by Federico Mompou; “Vivan los que rien!” from “La Vida Breve” by Manuel de Falla; “Who Is There to Love Me?” from “A Hand of Bridge” by Samuel Barber; “Sonnet” and “Guitare” from “Feuilles d’album” by Georges Bizet; “Summertime” and “My Man's Gone Now” from “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin; “How Insensitive” by Antonio Carlos Jobim; “Strange Fruit” by Lewis Allan; “Corcovado” by Antonio Carlos Jobim; “Gloomy Sunday” by Rezso Seress; “Vocalise-Etude” by Maurice Ravel; “Chiquitita la novia” by Fernando Obradors; and “I’m Here,” also from “The Color Purple.”
Romero studies under Lawren Hill at FSU. She has been on the dean’s list and is a member of the international music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. Romero anticipates graduating this May with a bachelor’s in vocal performance. Her career goal is to be an opera singer or classical singer. A graduate of Grace Brethren Christian School in Clinton, Md., she is the daughter of Miranda and Orvin Watson of Temple Hills, Md., and Brittany and José Romero of Forestville Md.
For more information, contact FSU's Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Sunday, April 22 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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