Hamilton College to feature mezzo-soprano Danan Tsan and pianist Sar-Shalom Strong

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CLINTON — The Hamilton College Department of Music will present a faculty recital for voice and piano with Danan Tsan, mezzo-soprano, and Sar-Shalom Strong, piano, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center on the Hamilton College campus.

Tsan and Strong will perform a set of art songs by French composer Gabriel Fauré, a set of leider by German composer Hugo Wolf, and a set of classic modern musical theater pieces that includes “When You’re Good to Mama” from Chicago and “She Used to Be Mine” from Waitress, The Musical, among other work.

Tsan is the interim director of choral activities and directs the College Choir and College Hill Singers at Hamilton College. She earned her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at Southern Methodist University and master’s and performer’s certificate in vocal performance and literature at The Eastman School of Music.

She studied conducting under Constantina Tsolainou (SMU) and William Weinert (Eastman), after which she spent five years as an alto in the U.S. Army Field Band Soldiers’ Chorus. Subsequently, Tsan has performed around the world, spanning the genres of classical music, musical theater, and Rock and Roll.

She has been the featured soloist for Symphoria’s Holiday Pops and the alto/mezzo soprano soloist for many oratorio, including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and Lily Boulanger’s Psalm 80 (with the Hamilton College and Community Masterworks Chorale). She also plays the title role in Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage, an opera about the life of women’s suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage.

Strong is a lecturer in music (piano) and coordinator of staff pianists at Hamilton College. He performs extensively as both a soloist and a collaborative musician, averaging around 30 concerts per year. He is core pianist for The Society for New Music and has premiered many new compositions in that capacity, some of which are available on Innova Records. He holds degrees from Knox College and Syracuse University.

This concert is free. Visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts or call the box office at 315-859-4331 for more information. 

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