The Ohio State University at Lima


Celebrating the Black Female Composer Feb. 27

February 19, 2020

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The Ohio State University at Lima welcomes Celebrating the Black Female Composer, a concert featuring the works of black female composers at 7:30 p.m., Thur., Feb. 27, 2020, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Black Female Composer is a collaborative program featuring pianist Dr. Artina McCain, baritone James Rodriguez and soprano Gwendolyn Alfred. They will perform works from Margaret Bonds, Betty Jackson King, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Valerie Capers, Florence Price, Lena McLin and Undine Smith Moore.

About the artists

Pianist Artina McCain, enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber performer, educator and lecturer. She has performed nationally and internationally throughout Europe, China, and the United States. McCain's solo and chamber performances have been heard on radio shows in Chicago, Austin, Toronto, and Hong Kong. She is an American Prize winner for her solo piano recordings.

Baritone James D. Rodriguez has appeared as Escamillo (Carmen), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Don Profondo (Il Viaggio a Reims), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier), Belcore (L’Elisir d’Amore), Captain Magallanes (Salsipuedes), Dr. Rappaccini (La Hija de Rappaccini), Baron de Gondremarck (La Vie Parisienne), Harasta (Cunning Little Vixen), Vicar (Albert Herring), Nardo (La Finta Giardiniera), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Tonio (Pagliacci) and as the title roles in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto with such companies as Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera IOWA, Opera in the Heights, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the Natchez Festival of Music, and the Moores Opera Center. Concert appearances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony & Mass in C, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Carlisle Floyd’s Pilgrimage, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Houston Camerata, Fort Bend Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony, among others.

Soprano Gwendolyn Alfred recently premiered a newly-commissioned work for Houston Grand Opera which landed her in the prestigious Texas Monthly magazine. She made her Houston Symphony debut as a featured soloist in their Summer Community Concert Series and sang the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Houston Civic Symphony) and Carmina Burana (Fort Bend Symphony). Her most notable opera roles include: Emeline (What Wings They Were), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Giulietta (Les Contes D’Hoffmann), Magda (The Consul), Contessa Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Madama Cortese (Il Viaggio a Reims), Mrs. Gobineau (The Medium), Cinna (Lucio Silla), and Maria Corona (The Saint of Bleecker Street) with such companies as HGOco, Opera in the Heights, Miami Music Festival, and The Moores Opera Center.