Chamber Music Series presents vocal recital

Published 5:38 pm Saturday, March 19, 2022

The Longwood University Chamber Music Series will present a concert by Bill McMurray, a baritone vocalist from Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday, March 27. Free and open to the public, the concert will take place in the Molnar Recital Hall of Wygal Music Building at 4 p.m., doors open at 3:40 p.m. Face coverings are encouraged but not required. Parking for the event is available along Race Street, beside Greenwood Library and Bedford Hall.

With more than 40 operatic roles to his credit, McMurray has been described as “a baritone with warm, rich tones and superb stage presence” by the Durham Herald Sun. Recent roles include “Count Almaviva” in Le nozze di Figaro and “Escamillo” in Carmen. Walter Marini of the New Buffalo Times is quoted praising his portrayal of “Marcello” in Puccini’s La Boheme as “a powerful actor who brings great elegance to the role. His singing is as fine as anything being heard in major opera houses today.”

Equally successful on the concert stage, McMurray has sung solos in sacred works such as Handel’s Messiah, which he recorded on CD, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He has also been the featured soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs and the Faure Requiem. Orchestral appearances include the New Philharmonic Orchestra, the Elmhurst Orchestra and Choral Society, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Skokie Valley Symphony, Chicago Arts Orchestra, New Millennium Orchestra and the Waukegan Symphony.

For the March 27 concert, McMurray will be accompanied on piano by Dr. Lisa Kinzer of the LU Department of Music. The event marks a welcome return to Central Virginia for McMurray, as he has appeared in several productions by the Farmville Summer Garden Opera. Most recently he performed to wide acclaim in the role of Figaro in the SGO’s production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville.

Now in its 34th season, The Longwood University Chamber Music Series is underwitten by the University Arts Council as well as patronage though the Longwood University Foundation. For more information about this concert, access, or to become a Series Patron call the Longwood University Department of Music at (434) 395-2504.