published Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Lee University welcomes Omni Trio - March 20

The Lee University School of Music will present The Omni Trio as the next guest in the Performing Arts Series. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. today, March 20, in Squires Recital Hall in the Humanities Center, 1250 Parker St., NW, on the Cleveland, Tenn., campus.

The Omni Trio will perform works such as "Tell Me the Truth About Love," "Johnny" and "Funeral Blues" by English composer Benjamin Britten, and "Le Present," "Chanson" and "Hier" by French composer and pianist Francis Poulenc.

The Omni Trio consists of soprano Danya Katok, pianist Dylan Perez and Dr. Loralee Songer, mezzo-soprano.

■ Katok, who has drawn praise for her "crystalline soprano" (Boston Globe) and "appealing" stage presence (The New York Times), is a doctoral student at The CUNY Graduate Center and on the voice faculty at Brooklyn College.

■ Perez is a second-year master's student studying collaborative piano at the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre and Dance. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in January 2013 as a participant in the master-class series "The Song Continues" with Marilyn Horne, Jessye Norman and Dalton Baldwin.

■ Songer is an assistant professor of music at Lee, where she teaches applied voice and conducting, along with directing the women's ensemble Ladies of Lee. She is an active recitalist, opera and oratorio performer, conductor and music scholar.

The pieces by Britten and Poulenc will be featured in honor of what would have been the centennial anniversary of Britten's birth and the 50th anniversary of Poulenc's death.

The event is free of charge, but tickets are required. To check on availability, call the box office after 3 p.m. today at 423-614-8343.

For more information, call the School of Music at 423-614-8240.

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