WAUKESHA, WIS.— A recital featuring Carroll University instructor of voice and mezzo-soprano Christine O'Meally will be performed on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. "Chansons & Show Tunes," with accompaniment by pianist David Sytkowski, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Goff Frisch Recital Hall of Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha. This event is free and open to the public.
The performance features classical music by Rossini, Marx, Chausson, Corigliano and Weir. O’Meally will also present musical theater songs from "roles for women of a certain age:" The Old Lady in "Candide," Edie Bouvier in "Grey Gardens" and Margaret in "Light in the Piazza."
O’Meally has taught at Carroll since 2006. She holds a master's degree in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory and recently completed certification in Levels I, II and III of Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method at the Contemporary Commercial Music Voice Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University. She has performed with Racine Symphony, Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, Washington Bach Consort, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Washington Savoyards, In Tandem Theatre, Windfall Theater, The Young Victorian Theater of Baltimore and Skylight Opera Theatre. She created the role of The Woman in Red in Dominick Argento's "Dream of Valentino" in its world premiere with the Washington Opera.
Sytkowski has a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a collaborative pianist throughout the Milwaukee and Madison areas for recitals, opera and musical theater. In 2010, he received a grant from the California-based International Festival Society to attend the Tyrolean Opera Program as a coach/accompanist. Sytkowski has been performing professionally since he was a student at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. Today he is assistant director of music at Blessed Sacrament Church in Madison.