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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Kay Payn and G. William Bugg will perform "Mirror Music: a Cabaret," Friday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Performing with them will be Lou Ann Potter, piano; Bob Leidhecker, drums; and Matt Radspinner, bass.
According to Payn, "Songs that reflect our own life experience touch us deeply or make us laugh at our shared humanity. These are the songs that create our musical mirror."
The program, which is free to the public, will include familiar songs such as "The More I See You" and "With a Song in My Heart" as well as "I Have Dreamed" from The King and I, and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" from My Fair Lady, and songs from Chicago, Phantom and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Known as a proponent of American art song and opera, Payn has sung numerous premiere performances of American art songs and chamber music. The Opera Company she established at Bucknell has gained particular acclaim for innovative productions of significant contemporary American works.
In a departure from the classical performances she sang at Bucknell for many years, this program will feature songs from Payn's cabaret and musical theatre sabbatical project last year. She has invited several guest artists to share the performance with her:
Bugg, who serves as professor of voice and director of the Samford University Opera Company, presented his New York debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1986. A finalist in the Gulf Coast Regional Metropolitan Opera auditions, he has appeared in featured roles with the New York Grand Opera, the Atlanta Civic Opera and the Chattanooga Opera. He has performed as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, choral groups and oratorio societies, including the Alabama Symphony and The International Cathedral Music Festival which has presented him in concerts and recitals in London, Canterbury, Oxford, and Salisbury, England. Bugg also is founder and director of Alabama Operaworks.
A graduate of Messiah College where she received her degree in music education with a double major in piano and organ, Potter is an adjunct professor of piano, and collaborative pianist for the Bucknell Opera Company. She also serves as director of music and organist at Christ Presbyterian Church in Camp Hill and has accompanied soloists, master classes and workshops with such musicians as Jerome Hines, John Rutter, Robert Page and Jake Heggie. She and Heggie played the two-piano accompaniment for the working recording of The End of the Affair, his recent commission for the Houston Grand Opera.
Principal timpanist with the Williamsport Symphony for the past 21 years, Leidhecker teaches instrumental music and digital video recording in Loyalsock Township School District and serves on the Jazz Faculty for the annual Mason/Dixon summer jazz camp at
Gettysburg College. He performs as a concert and jazz percussionist throughout Pennsylvania and nationwide. Appearing with the world renowned Empire Brass Quintet from 1986 - 94, (and featured on a television broadcast with the Orchestra de Simon Bolivar of Venezuela), he has performed with the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Detroit, Philadelphia,
Harrisburg, and Rochester symphony orchestras. He also has performed at the South Street Seaport and Carnegie Hall and the Boston Esplanade, as well as with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center.
Radspinner, who is string teacher and director of orchestras for the Curtin Middle School, also serves as assistant director of the Williamsport Youth Orchestra. He has appeared with the Williamsport, Nittany Valley and Altoona symphonies and was a performer with the Penns Woods Festival Orchestra and the Hershey Pops Orchestra. Radspinner has performed with jazz greats such as Dennis DiBlasio, Michael Davis, George Rabbi, Jim Rupp, Grammy-nominated Phil Matson and Grammy Award-winners Peter Eldridge and Alex Meixner.