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'Three Sopranos and a Pianist' open Performing Arts season
8/18/10

Luanne Crosby, professor of voice at Alfred University, will join with her former voice professor, a former colleague, and a young pianist to present a series of recitals, “Three Sopranos and a Pianist,” with the group to open Alfred University’s 2010-11 Performing Arts season at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Howell Hall on the AU campus.

In addition to Crosby, the performers will include Christine McMasters, a former professor of voice at Fredonia State College, where Crosby completed her undergraduate education; Laurie Tramuta, an adjunct professor of music at Fredonia; and Adam Potter, a recent graduate of Houghton College, who is the pianist.

Potter now teaches high school music in Dansville, and is a member of the piano staff at Interlochen Arts Academy’s summer camp in Michigan.
McMasters, who resides in Fredonia, has a multifaceted singing career, performing in North and South America, Asia and Europe. She is an expert on Russian song literature, and will be performing pieces by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky during the program.

Tramuta teaches elementary music in Fredonia, as well as voice at the School of Music at Fredonia State College. She has performed with Western New York Opera Theater, Greater Buffalo Opera, Erie Opera and Opera Sacra.

Crosby, a member of the AU Performing Arts faculty since 1992, earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University.

In addition to the recital at Alfred University, “Three Sopranos and a Pianist” will be presented at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Chautauqua Institution; at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at the School of Music at Fredonia State; and at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, at Houghton College.