Robert Baker and Molly Orando

Left to right: Molly Orlando (piano) and Robert Baker (tenor).


Guest Recital to Feature works by Foster, Maw, Boyce and Parris

Free public performance to be held March 4 at The College of Wooster

25 February, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio — Tenor Robert Baker and pianist Molly Orlando will present a guest recital at The College of Wooster on Friday, March 4, in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.). The performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The duo will present five Stephen Foster compositions: “That’s What’s the Matter,” “Ah! May the Red Rose Live Always!” “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming,” and “Hard Times Come Again No More,” and five works by Nicholas Maw: “Zeb Turney’s Gal,” “Darlin’,” “Remon,” “Parting Friends,” and “This Train.” Also on the program are Douglas Boyce’s “Feather for Voltaire” and “Cy Est Pourtraicte, Madame Ste Ursule,et Les Unze Mille Vierges,” and Robert Parris’s “The Far Side of Your Moon.”

Baker is the director of performance studies at George Washington University and a central figure in the Washington, D.C. area classical music scene with more than 250 roles with The Washington National Opera. In addition, he has played the role of Ishmael in the world premiere of Peter Westergaard’s Moby Dick at Princeton University, and made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Prokfiev's War and Peace. He also recently sang the Verdi Requiem with the Johannesburg Symphonic Choir in South Africa. Other career highlights include Baker’s solo performance on the Grammy Award-Winning recording Of Rage and Remembrance by John Corigliano, and his performance of Triquet in Eugene Onegin. Baker is currently performing the Britten Serenade with the New Orchestra of Washington and playing the role of the Chaplain in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.

Orlando is a recognized soloist, collaborator, teacher, and adjudicator throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, and currently serves on the faculty of the George Washington University. She graduated summa cum laude from the Catholic University of America, where she received her B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance. She has also done coursework in piano pedagogy and has given master classes. In addition, she owns and operates the Opal Music Studio in Old Town Alexandria, Va., where she works with more than 50 students, and is the pianist for the Great Noise Ensemble, which has performed numerous world premieres, including the Korean War tribute piece Songs of the Forgotten War. Her recent performances include collaborations with Robert Baker and members of the Kennedy Center Opera House and Philadelphia Orchestras, and appearances at the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Additional information about the recital is available by phone (330-263-2419) or e-mail.