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Southerly: Art Songs of the American South by James Sclater, Dan Locklair, Price Walden, John Musto / Jos Milton, tenor; Melinda Coffey Armstead, piano

Album Summary

>Sclater, James : Beyond the Rainbow, for voice & piano
>Locklair, Dan : Portraits, for voice & piano
>Walden, Price : Abide with Me, 5 Songs of Love, for voice & piano
>Musto, John [Piano] : Shadow of the Blues, for voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Tenor Jos Milton relocated to Oxford, Mississippi to teach at the University of Mississippi in 2011. Since moving to his new home, he has become curious and fascinated by the sheer volume of culture that flows from the South. The creation of Southern poetry and literature thrives today and these vibrant writings prove ideal sources for transference to contemporary classical song. The songs on this recording all contain some pertinent connection or thread to this Southern theme. James Sclater's songs are set to texts by Ovid Vickers, a well-known Mississippi writer, teacher, and folklorist. Price Walden's song cycle reflects the experiences of his young life -- growing up in Mississippi and attending the Free Will Baptist Church. Dan Locklair's texts are words of three Southern African-American women transcribed by Emily Herring Wilson, while John Musto's Shadow of the Blues draws on the inspiring words of Langston Hughes, who serves as a voice of hope in African-American culture. A graduate of Trinity University, University of Massachusetts and Peabody, Jos Milton enjoys an active career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and opera singer, in addition to his work as an educator. His collaborator, Melinda Coffee Armstead has performed as recitalist and chamber musician in the U.S., Canada, England, France, and Israel.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Erdman Chapel, Stevenson School, Pebble Beach, CA (07/2015/08/2015).



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Works Details

>Sclater, James : Beyond the Rainbow, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Melinda Armstead (Piano); Jos Milton
  • Running Time: 18 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Locklair, Dan : Portraits, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Melinda Armstead (Piano); Jos Milton
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Walden, Price : Abide with Me, 5 Songs of Love, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Melinda Armstead (Piano); Jos Milton
  • Running Time: 18 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015

>Musto, John [Piano] : Shadow of the Blues, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Melinda Armstead (Piano); Jos Milton
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary