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Voice and guitar blend at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

January 08, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Soprano Gretchen Farrar, left, and guitarist Francisco Roldan perform at the Hamilton Memorial Recital on Sunday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The sounds of voice and guitar blended Sunday before a crowd at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, which hosted an annual recital in memory of the museum's first board of trustees president.

Soprano Gretchen Farrar and guitarist Francisco Roldan delivered music from composers such as John Dowland, Fernando Sor and Federico Garcia Lorca during the 2:30 p.m. performance.

"Today, we have a real treat for you. I'm sure the concert will be something to talk about after you leave today," Christine Shives, administrative officer at the museum, said in opening the show.

Farrar made her debut at Weill Hall in Elysium's "The Cry for Life-Passionate Exiled Voices." As a recipient of study grants from the German Academic Exchange Service and the Italian Cultural Institute, Farrar has been a teaching artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon, where she received her master's degree in music, according to information provided by the museum.

Roldan has been entertaining audiences since his early years at the Mannes College of Music, according to the museum.

Roldan made his New York solo debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music Extension and Preparatory Divisions and at Lehman College, City University of New York, according to the museum.

The duo performed during the annual Hamilton Memorial Recital, which is held in memory of Mavin Hamilton, the first president of the museum's board of trustees.

Hamilton and her husband, William, were patrons of the arts, and one of Mavin Hamilton's greatest achievements was the development of the museum and its surrounding park. Mavin Hamilton died in 1971.

Artists seek opportunities to perform at the museum, Shives said, which she said was possibly due to the Internet.

"I don't do searches for anyone," Shives said.

A museum committee auditions performers through CD recordings .The museum is booked for performances into 2014, Shives said.

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