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"SONGS OF LOVE AND LONGING" ARE FEATURED IN A CONCERT ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, AT BARD COLLEGE Mezzo-soprano Joan Fuerstman will be joined by bass-baritone Arthur Burrows, pianist Bari Mort, and harpsichordist Frederick Hammond

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On Wednesday, April 12, at 8:00 p.m. The Bard Center presents "Songs of Love and Longing," in Olin Hall, Bard College. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert features songs and duets by mezzo-soprano Joan Fuerstman, bass-baritone Arthur Burrows, pianist Bari Mort, and harpsichordist Frederick Hammond performing works by Henry Purcell, Claudio Monteverdi, Gabriel Fauré, Hugo Wolf, Johannes Brahms, and Enrique Granados.

The concert is made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Homeland Foundation and the Leon Levy Foundation at Bard College. For further information, call The Bard Center at 914-758-7425.


Joan Fuerstman, mezzo-soprano, has been a member of the Bard College Music Program faculty since 1996 as voice teacher and opera coach. She has performed widely throughout the United States, Canada, and South America. Her credits include solo orchestral appearances with the New York Philharmonic, the Tanglewood Festival orchestra, the Pepsico Summer Festival Orchestra, New York Choral Symphony, Musica Aeterna, and North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. Fuerstman's opera appearances include the New York City Opera, the National Opera Company, and the Turnau Opera. She also toured for three years as soloist with New York Pro Musica. She received a bachelor of music from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and a master of music from the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers have included Richard Cox, Rose Bampton, Anna Hamlin, Arthur Burrows, and Leland Wade.

Arthur Burrows, bass-baritone, is associate professor of theater and music at Bard College. He is a member of the Riverside Chamber Singers, Abbey Singers, New York Pro Musica, and has been a guest artist with the Waverly Consort. Burrows has been a guest performer with the New York Philharmonic, Joffrey Balley, New York Renaissance Band, Robert Shaw Chorale, and Chautauqua Opera Company, among others. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from The Juilliard School of Music. He has been an artist-in-residence at City College of New York; assistant professor at Trenton State University and SUNY at Purchase; instructor at Stanford University; and assistant professor of voice at Boston University.

Frederick Hammond, harpsichordist, is the Irma Brandeis Professor of Romance Culture and Music History at Bard College. He performs widely in Europe and the United States as solo organist and harpsichordist. Mr. Hammond specializes in Baroque continuo playing and has performed as continuo harpsichordist in more than thirty operas. He was the keyboard continuo player for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has appeared with such conductors as Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan, Simon Rattle, Paul Hindemith, and Leon Botstein. In 1986 he founded the E. Nakamichi Festival of Baroque Music in Los Angeles, and since 1995 he has been music director of the Clarion Music Society of New York. His scholarly work includes three fundamental volumes on seventeenth-century Italian music. He was copresenter of the exhibition Ambiente Barocco atThe Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts and coeditor of the accompanying catalogue. The Italian government recognized his service to Italian music as performer and scholar with the knighthood of the Order of Merit of the Republic.

Bari Mort, pianist, is a Bard faculty member in the Music Program. She is a pianist who "uses her excellent musical instincts with taste and technical security," said Bernard Holland in the New York Times. She made her New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, as the winner of the Artists International Young Musicians Auditions. Mort has performed many solo recitals and chamber music concerts in the United States and is a member of the New York Chamber Ensemble. She has appeared with the International String Quartet, Musica de Camera, and the Phoenix Chamber Players, among others, and has performed at many music festivals, including Bar Harbor, Belleayre, Cape May, Beethoven Music Festival, and Music at Caramoor. She has also appeared on PBS television's "Live from Lincoln Center" and on National Public Radio. She recently toured the American Southeast and Midwest for Columbia Artists' Community Concerts, and she has presented many collaborative programs at East Coast schools for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her recording of contemporary American music is on ERM Records, and she appears as a chamber musician on two releases from Albany Records.

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