Friday, March 29, 2013

Soprano Marti Newland in MELODEON American Gems Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at 4 Church of the Epiphany, 74th and York, NYC

Marti Newland
Soprano Marti Newland has performed in recitals and oratorios throughout the United States and Europe.  Marti is a choral adjudicator for Worldstrides Heritage Festivals and has taught private voice lessons at Seton Hall University.  She has sung in music festivals including three seasons with the Aspen Music Festival Opera Theater Center and Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy.  Her music theater roles include Glenda (The Wiz) and Mama Euralie (Once on This Island) and she has been a guest soloist with the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Opera Noire of New York, and Harlem Opera Theater.  Marti has worked with teachers and directors including W. Steven Smith, Lorraine Manz, Caroline Jackson Smith and Edward Berkeley.  She is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M. voice performance) and currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University in Ethnomusicology.  While she has performed roles in opera scenes including Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Governess (Turn of the Screw), Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Musetta and Mimi (La Boheme), Cio Cio San (Madame Butterfly), and Louise (Louise), Marti specializes in African American art music.

American Gems

Three Pieces for the 1889 Mason and Hamlin Liszt Organ by Arthur Bird
            March of the Ethiopians

Gitanjali, 1914 music by John Alden Carpenter, poetry by Rabindranath Tagore*
            The Day is No More
            When I bring to you colour’d toys
            On the day when death will knock at thy door
            The sleep that flits on Baby’s Eyes
            I am like a Remnant of a Cloud of Autumn
            On the Seashore of Endless Worlds
            Light, My Light
Three Songs by Will Marion Cook 1912
            Exhortation, a Negro Sermon
            Rain Song
            Swing Along!
Three Spiritual Songs:
            Here’s One – William Grant Still
            Urbs Syron aurea from Hora Novissima – Horatio Parker
            General William Booth Enters Into Heaven – Charles Ives

Absent Friends by Arthur Corri-Clifton (1784-1832)

Marti Newland, soprano

Stephen Oosting, tenor
George Spitzer, baritone
Artis Wodehouse, Liszt Organ and piano

[William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, Recordings, sheet music and books of William Grant Still are available at, which is operated by the composer's daughter Judith Anne Still]

Comment by email:
Dear Mr. Zick, 
On behalf of MELODEON, thank you for this blog posting about our upcoming performance! Will be sure to keep you posted of future events. We appreciate the support from AfriClassical.  Sincerely, Marti  [Marti Newland]

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