Soprano Deanna McBroom and pianist Robin Zemp will perform on the January 24 Monday Night Concert Series, at 8 p.m., in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts. Admission is $10 at the door. The concert program will juxtapose a delightful and entertaining program featuring the songs of two contemporaries: German opera/orchestral composer/conductor Richard Strauss–a giant in the late Romantic European music tradition and American pianist/composer Amy Beach – the first internationally-known woman composer from America. The program will showcase examples of both their very first song compositions and more mature compositions. The idea stems from exploration during McBroom’s recent sabbatical study. Translations of texts will be projected to involve the audience in the poetry and music.
Deanna McBroom is considered one of the South’s leading sopranos with regional, national, and international performing and speaking credits. Audiences enjoy her “brilliant musicianship” and “exciting” voice. Pianist Zemp is well-known for the “unique coloristic effects” in his solo and chamber music performances; he collaborates with musicians in over 30 concerts annually. Both are professor in the Music Department at the College of Charleston.