EDMOND – The exquisite blending of voice and cello promises to delight audiences on Thursday, Nov. 10 when Oklahoma virtuoso Tess Remy-Schumacher partners with soprano Paula Malone for the second performance in Armstrong Auditorium’s 2016-17 performance arts season. From Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” to Delibes’ “Flower Duet,” the program features a variety of classic compositions transcribed for the two instruments.
“So many say the cello is their favorite instrument,” said Ryan Malone, Armstrong Auditorium concert manager. “Since it so closely resembles the human voice, the audience is in for an absolutely exquisite night to hear the blending of these two sounds.”
Both Paula Malone and Remy-Schumacher have taught music at the University of Central Oklahoma. Remy-Schumacher achieved first prizes in Germany’s Jugend musiziert, New York’s International Artist Competition and Rome’s Carlo-Zecchi Competition alongside pianist Michael Staudt. She is a concert soloist with many years of experience, with performances in Asia, Australia, Europe and at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York.
Malone has been featured on 11 albums and recordings in a variety of styles including oratorio, Christian contemporary and folk ballads. She has appeared at Armstrong with artists as diverse as guitarist Pepe Romero, the Eroica Trio and the legendary Marvin Hamlisch. Additionally, she performed as a soloist in Brahms’ A German Requiem,Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Handel’s Messiah.
The duo will also welcome two guest artists from UCO. Flutist Emily Butterfield will join at the top of the program for a set of Bach cantatas—including the humorous “coffee” cantata. Violinist Hong Zhu will join for the final set — a transcription of Richard Strauss’s epic Four Last Songs.
Armstrong Auditorium’s 823-seat theater is crafted with acoustics that rival the world’s finest venues; from Vienna’s Musikverein to Boston’s Symphony Hall, the volume-to-seat ratio is superior at Armstrong. With a choice concert roster, Armstrong Auditorium provides top-tier talent for every taste.
“These two wonderfully talented ladies are bringing together classical favorites for an intimate, world-class experience,” said Armstrong Auditorium Marketing Director Shane Granger, APR. “With only 75 feet between the stage and the back wall, every seat feels like the artists are performing just for you.”
Armstrong Auditorium received the 2016 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor during the past year.
Tickets to see Tess Remy-Schumacher and Paula Malone begin at $15. For more information about ticket options, subscriptions, group rates or current exhibits, visit www.ArmstrongAuditorium.org or call 405-285-1010.