Faculty Recital: Dr. Mark Mowry, tenor and Dr. Owen Lovell, piano

Sunday, January 29, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts
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Akright, Nichole

Tenor Mark Mowry has performed a diverse range of opera, concert, and recital repertoire which reflects his broad musical interests.   He has sung leading roles in such operas as Britten’s Albert Herring, Curlew River, and The Turn of the Screw, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Idomeneo, Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.  He sang the role of Enrico Carouser in the world premiere of Edwin Penhorwood’s opera Too Many Sopranos.  As concert soloist he has been heard in the music of Bach (Magnificat, St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion), Britten (Rejoice in the Lamb, St. Nicolas, War Requiem), Handel (Messiah), Haydn (Creation), Mendelssohn (Elijah), Mozart (C Minor Mass, Coronation Mass, Requiem, Solemn Vespers), Sir John Stainer (Crucifixion), and Vaughan Williams (Hodie), among others.  An advocate of the song genre, Mowry has participated in numerous master classes devoted to the subject and led by such noted musicians as Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, and Håkan Hagegård; his own recital appearances have occurred both at home in the U.S. and, more recently, in the United Kingdom—first at Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh, England, for the Aldeburgh Festival, and then for his debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall, for which Graham Johnson was pianist.  In addition, Mowry’s various musical activities have taken him to the cities of Chicago, Dublin, Lucerne, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Salzburg, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.

“The American tenor Mark Mowry was compelling and pure-toned in that role [Madwoman in Britten’s Curlew River], totally avoiding the caricature that Peter Pears and many subsequent singers brought to it.” Andrew Clements, Guardian Unlimited (London)

“Mark Mowry, with tall figure and dignified stage persona, revealed a strong, smoothly produced, ear-pleasing tenor as Idomeneo, the King of Crete.” Peter Jacobi, Bloomington Herald-Times

Mowry received the Doctor of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied with Virginia Zeani, James King, and James McDonald.  He received the Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and the Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College.

Pianist Owen Lovell earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  His principal instructors included Boris Slutsky, Gregory Allen, and Dr. Betty Mallard.

Dr. Lovell has appeared as a soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, and new music advocate in twelve U.S. states, Washington D.C., Canada, Mexico, and the Netherlands.  He has worked with many prizewinning composers, most notably Lowell Liebermann, Michael Torke, Samuel Adler, Joan Tower, Dan Welcher, Eric Ewazen, David Maslanka, Denis Smalley, Roberto Sierra.  He has performed live on Wisconsin Public Radio and Austin, Texas' NPR affiliate, KUT-FM.  Owen maintains a two-piano collaboration with pianist Immin Chung Poser and performs as “Duo Paradox” with violinist Lynn Ledbetter on a regular basis.

Dr. Lovell was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Music at UWEC in fall 2008, where his duties include teaching applied piano lessons, class piano and piano ensemble. He previously served on the keyboard faculties of the University of Texas—San Antonio, Texas State University, and the Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University.

Visit Dr. Lovell’s personal website for more information: www.owenlovell.com
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