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Recording artist, tenor, presents guest recital

March 4, 2003

Dr. Darryl Taylor, tenor and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music, will present a guest faculty recital as part of his fourth and final visit to campus this academic year.

Taylor will perform at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 17, in the concert theatre of the music/mass communication building. The concert will feature two special guestscomposer Erik Santos, piano, and Patricia Terry-Ross, harp.
March 4, 2003

Dr. Darryl Taylor, tenor and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music, will present a guest faculty recital as part of his fourth and final visit to campus this academic year.

Taylor will perform at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 17, in the concert theatre of the music/mass communication building. The concert will feature two special guestscomposer Erik Santos, piano, and Patricia Terry-Ross, harp.

The song cycle “Dreamer,” composed by Santos and featured on Taylor's recently released recording on the NAXOS label, will be performed at the concert, as will Santos' three-movement composition for piano, “Primal Suite.”

Santos teaches composition and music technology at the University of Michigan School of Music. The recipient of numerous prizes and fellowships, Santos has received commissions for theatre and dance music from the Wild Swan Theatre of Ann Arbor, orchestral commissions from the Bozeman and Butte Symphony Orchestras of Montana and a number of commissions for chamber works.

His compositions have attracted performances internationally in Australia, Denmark, Wales, Spain, Japan and the Philippines, eliciting positive reviews: “Erik Santos captivates the listener, giving rise to both a sense of rapture and a feeling of bewilderment.”

His “Guernica Dances…for two pianos” has been described as “full of positive excitement with a final coda that is so thrilling that the audience broke out into loud shouts of approval at its conclusion” (“The New Music Connoisseur”).

Santos recently returned from Japan after working with the internationally acclaimed butoh dance company, “Dairakudakan.”

Terry-Ross is a teacher of harp and voice at Cass Technical High School and is an affiliate professor of harp at Wayne State University. She won Teacher of the Year for the Detroit Public Schools district and was a finalist for the 1992-93 Michigan Teacher of the Year.

Terry-Ross also is principal harpist for the Michigan Opera Theatre and has performed on numerous occasions with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, joining the orchestra on its 1980 tour to Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

She has been harp soloist for the 1981 and 1987 School and Educational Concert Series and had the honor of being chosen to perform at a private reception for the president of the United States, his cabinet members, visiting foreign ministers and diplomats at the G7 Conference in Detroit in March 1994.

Terry-Ross received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Michigan, where she studied harp with Ruth Dean Clark. She also completed additional graduate work with renowned harpist Lucile Lawrence at Tanglewood Institute in Massachusetts.

In addition to the Monday concert, APSU students coached by Taylor on previous visits will perform songs by composer Leslie Adams at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 20, in the concert theatre of the mass/media communication building.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, telephone the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 7818.