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Faculty recital series Nov. 6 features Priscilla Porterfield

BOONE—Mezzo-soprano Priscilla Porterfield is the featured performer in the Hayes School of Music’s Faculty Recital Series Nov. 6.

The program, titled “Of Gardens and Stars,” begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free and the public is invited.

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Porterfield will be joined by organist Joby Bell, violinist Nancy Bargerstock, violinist Chung Park, cellist Kenneth Lurie, pianist Rodney Reynerson, harpist Jacquelyn Bartlett, and flutiest Kay Borkowski. All are faculty members in the Hayes School of Music.

The program includes “How Brightly Beams the Morning Star” by Philip Nicolai, “Chorale Improvisation” by Joby Bell, “Nuit d’Étoiles” by Claude Debussy, selections from “The Garden of Adonis” by Alan Hovhaness and “The Astronomers” by Richard Hundley.

Porterfield is the vocal area coordinator in the Hayes School of Music. She has sung with the Toledo Opera in Ohio, the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Ohio Light Opera.

Equally as versatile within the concert repertoire, she sings regularly with chamber music groups and orchestras throughout North Carolina as well as the Midwest. Her recent interest in the Anglo-American ballad and its influence on the Appalachian region resulted in a travel grant to sing a series of recitals in Great Britain. She was invited to sing and lecture at the Elphinstone Institute of the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland.

She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.