Concert of Contemporary Women Composers at Mary Baldwin

April 24, 2007

Mary Baldwin University will present a concert of music by contemporary women composers Chen Yi, Tina Davidson, and Judith Cloud at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 30. The featured works will be performed by soprano Dorothy Maddison and pianist Patricia Brady, both faculty at James Madison University.

Soprano Dorothy Maddison received a bachelor of music from St. Olaf College and her master of music and doctor of musical arts in vocal performance at Arizona State University. She also studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In addition to 20 years of professional singing in Europe, Maddison is co-author ofKein’ Angst Baby!, a book to help singers audition in Germany. She is professor of voice and opera at JMU. Off campus, she has performed in concert and oratorio in England, Germany, and most recently Brazil.

Patricia Brady is professor of piano at James Madison University. A graduate of Indiana University, she also performs as a soloist and collaborative artist and has a special interest in French music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and works of contemporary women composers. She has performed the music of Albert Roussel in the U.S., France, Belgium, and Portugal, and was an artist in residence for the Roussel Festival Concert Series in France and Belgium in 2004. Brady also maintains a private piano studio and is active in Virginia and neighboring states as a clinician, adjudicator, and officer for local and state music teacher organizations.

The performance will be at 7 p.m. on April 30 in Mary Baldwin University’s Francis Auditorium at the corner of Coalter and Frederick streets, Staunton. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (540) 887-7294.