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February 11, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The soprano voice of Anne Gross has been heard throughout the U.S. and abroad, and Union County will become her latest venue for a Valentine’s Day weekend concert.
Gross will perform “Songs of Loving and Longing” accompanied by Melissa Loehnig, beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at the United Methodist Church in La Grande. Admission is free with donations accepted at the door.
During their visit, Gross and Loehnig will also be spending time with EOU music students in a master class on Feb. 18.
In addition to her many U.S. solo recitals, Gross has performed in Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and Cuba. She has served on the voice faculties of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University and Eastern Mennonite University. For the past six years she has chaired the voice department at a performing arts camp for girls. She is currently a visiting senior lecturer in voice at Whitman College.
Loehnig is also from Whitman, where she is a visiting faculty member and active solo pianist, chamber musician and collaborative performer. She maintains a piano studio, teaches music history and theory, coaches singers and pianists, and accompanies throughout the music department.
Recently Loehnig toured across the U.S. with Choral Arts, a semi-professional chorus based in Seattle, performing the world premiere of William Averitt’s “The Dream Keeper.” She spends her summers as a staff pianist at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Loehnig has been a guest artist for the El Paso Summer Music Festival and has also performed with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory Singers.
For more information on the recital contact Jamie Jacobson, EOU vocal instructor, at 541-962-3464.
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