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Johns Hopkins Artist-in-Residence, Mezzo-soprano Stephanie McGuire, at the BMA

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Stephanie McGuire

Stephanie McGuire

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie McGuire will present a free performance of her solo operatic theater piece, Mezzo Laid Bare, on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive in Baltimore. McGuire is visiting The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus this spring as the 2012 artist-in-residence with the Center for Africana Studies in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Joining McGuire will be pianist Noby Ishida, and acclaimed theater director Tamilla Woodard to present Mezzo Laid Bare, an unorthodox and uncensored look into the world of classical performance and the struggle between an artist’s public and private selves. The show, a mash-up of classical recital and downtown theater, weaves traditional recital repertoire, operatic arias and monologue into an intimate solo performance. Language not suited for children younger than 13. RSVP to Katie Cook at 410-516-5581 or kcook16@jhu.edu.

McGuire is a lyric mezzo-soprano who enjoys performing in a diverse range of venues, from opera houses to recital halls to jazz clubs. Her work has been seen on stages at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Birdland, and B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. She has performed with New York City Opera as well as the Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, and Key West Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of Stephanie’s 2011-2012 season have included Ruggiero (Alcina) with Satori Opera, Bradamante (Alcina) with New York Lyric Opera Theater, and Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte) with The Muses Project. In October 2010, she performed excerpts of Tania León’s Scourge of Hyacinths with Remarkable Theater Brigade at Carnegie Hall. McGuire earned a doctorate in psychoacoustics, the study of the relationship between the physical and perceptual characteristics of a sound, from the University of Oxford.

In addition to this performance, McGuire will offer a free vocal master class to students and staff on the Homewood campus. McGuire is the fourth artist-in-residence brought to the campus by the Center for Africana Studies; previous visiting artists are visual artist Renee Stout, photographer and multimedia artist Hank Willis Thomas, and the American Studio Orchestra. The residencies came out of a fall 2006 gathering of a group of Africana Studies faculty drawn from throughout the Krieger School. The idea was to bring to campus nationally known artists who could address the representation of race through imagery

Seating for Mezzo Laid Bare begins at 6:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 7 p.m. The performance time is 90 minutes, and will be followed by Q&A.

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