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Maya Hoover, mezzo-soprano & José Meléndez, piano

March 28, 2016, 7:30 pm

Mezzo-soprano Maya Hoover and pianist José Meléndez gave their first recital together in 1997, and they have been going strong as a duo ever since. This season, they focus on three song cycles: Antonín Dvořák: Cigánské melodie, Hector Berlioz: Les nuits d’été, and Joaquín Turina: Poema en forma de canciones.

Maya Hoover is a performer, teacher, author, and leading researcher of Latin American art song. Her accomplishments in performance and teaching have taken her around the world, and her specialty in the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has led her to collaborations with some of today’s leading composers. Ms. Hoover has a longstanding partnership with pianist José Meléndez (Academy of Vocal Arts). As a duo, they are known for their cohesive and innovative recital programming, which frequently highlights Latin American repertoire and other outstanding lesser-known works. Dr. Hoover is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Pianist José Meléndez is in demand as a vocal coach, conductor, and collaborative artist. His professional engagements have taken him to Europe, South and Central America, Asia, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and throughout the mainland United States. He is committed to the artistic development of young and emerging singers, and has been associated with numerous young artist programs, competitions, and training centers. He holds a full-time position at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he is Assistant to the Music Director, Orchestra Librarian, and part of the music staff. He serves as Assistant Conductor, Collaborative Pianist, and Vocal Coach for various AVA productions and events, and he is also the Music Director of Concert Operetta Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to the performance of operetta in concert.

Ticket prices are: $12 general admission, $8 seniors/students/UH faculty & staff. $5 UHM music majors


March 28, 2016
7:30 pm
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