Final recital features Presley, mezzo-soprano, and Garst, piano

The final recital in this year’s Recital Series will take place on April 26 at 7:00 p.m. and will feature Drea Pressley, mezzo-soprano, and Marilyn Garst, piano. The program of varied musical styles will open with two arias from the 17th and 18th centuries by Giacomo Carissimi and Christoph Willibald von Gluck followed by a set of art songs from the 19th century by Robert Schumann and two 20th-century songs by Samuel Barber and Benjamin Britten. The next set of songs will be from Disney productions. Two of those – “The Second Star to the Right” and “Colors of the Wind” – will be followed by piano arrangements of the same songs performed by Marilyn. A special treat will be Drea singing several Celtic folk songs. She will accompany herself on her beautiful new Celtic harp. The program will conclude with two Broadway show tunes, “I Wish I Could Forget You” by Stephen Sondheim and “Gimme Gimme” by Dick Scanlan and Jeanine Tesori.

Drea Pressley, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, has an extensive background as a professional musician. Drea has performed locally with Music in the Mountains, the Durango Choral Society, in several UUFD services and on this series previously. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Santa Fe New Music and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Drea has performed opera roles with the New Orleans Opera Association and the Operafestival di Roma. In addition, she has given numerous solo recitals and ensemble performances and been a studio musician in Los Angeles, recording music for various films. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Loyola University in New Orleans.

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