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Yale’s Friends of Music Undergraduate Competition presents its two winners in Sudler Hall February 21

February 12, 2010

Soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and violinist Jessica Oddie to perform in recital

A recital in Sudler Hall will feature soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and violinist Jessica Oddie, the two winners of the annual Friends of Music at Yale Undergraduate Competition. The recital will take place at 3 pm on Sunday, February 21, 2010 in Sudler Recital Hall in WL Harkness Hall. Both performers are undergraduates in Yale College who study with Yale School of Music faculty.

Lucy Fitz Gibbon

Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano

Fitz Gibbon, who is a guest artist in Yale Opera’s upcoming production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, will perform Poulenc’s Fiançailles pour rire, Richard Strauss’s Drei Lieder der Ophelia, Op. 67, and Elliott Carter’s Warble for lilac-time, written in 1943.

Oddie, a winner of several violin competitions who has soloed with such ensembles as the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, will perform two movements from Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in C major for solo violin; three short pieces by Fritz Kreisler; Saint-Saens’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; and Brahms’s Sonatensatz. The two will perform together in Mozart’s Schon lacht der holde Frühling, KV 580, for soprano, violin, and piano. They will be joined by pianist Ryan McCullough, a graduate student at the University of Southern California.

For over 65 years, The Friends of Music at Yale have supported and enriched the musical activities, acquisitions, recordings, and performances for the Yale community and the public at large, through grants to the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Music Library, Bach Society, Collection of Musical Instruments, Collegium Musicum, Music Department, and to the residential colleges for special musical events, as well as through prizes to accomplished undergraduate scholars, composers and performers.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit the School of Music’s website, music.yale.edu. The Yale School of Music concert office is located in the lobby of Sprague Hall, phone 203 432-4158.

About the performers

Lucy Fitz Gibbon is a senior in Timothy Dwight College, majoring in music and completing her pre-med requirements. Her particular areas of interest lie in new and early music, and she is currently completing the intensive major with a paper on Cavalli’s La Calisto and contemporary Venetian culture. At Yale she sings with the Yale Schola Cantorum and has also appeared with the Yale Baroque Opera Project, Yale Opera, Opera Theatre of Yale College, Yale Collegium, and Yale Glee Club. Upcoming New Haven performances include this evening’s Jonathan Edwards Orchestra concert, where she will sing Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915; Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with a Yale School of Music Ensemble; and the eponymous Deidamia in Sacrati’s La Finta Pazza with YBOP. She currently studies with Janna Baty.

Jessica Oddie

Jessica Oddie, violin

Jessica Oddie, 19, is from Boulder, Colorado. In 2008-2009, before coming to Yale, she studied violin performance at the Juilliard School. Jessica was the winner of the 2006 Fort Collins National Young Artist Competition, 2007 Denver Young Artists Concerto Competition, 2007 Colorado ASTA Competition, and 2007 Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s Jeff Bradley Young Musicians award. She has been a soloist with orchestras such as Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Rocky Mountain Youth Orchestra, Conservatory Orchestra of Music in the Mountains, Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, and Classic Knights Orchestra. Jessica has served as concertmaster for the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Colorado All-State Orchestra, and the Western States Honor Orchestra. Jessica has also performed several times on Colorado Public Radio. At Yale, Jessica studies with Yale School of Music professor Wendy Sharp. She plays in the Yale Symphony Orchestra, several chamber music groups, and SIC InC. In the summers, she has attended the Quartet Program and LyricaFest. Jessica is also a National Merit Scholar and a recipient of the International Baccalaureate Diploma.