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FGCU Bower School of Music Hosts Guang Yang and Arnold Rawls Guest Artist Recital Oct. 11

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music welcomes Guang Yang and Arnold Rawls for a guest artist recital, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Student Union ballroom on campus. Assisting them is Jeanie Darnell, associate professor of Music at FGCU and Alan Darling, outstanding collaborative pianist from Northwestern University.

Yang and Rawls are singers in demand with opera companies around the world. Included on the program are scenes from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni and Aida by Verdi plus works by Mozart, Beethoven and Liszt. Yang will also sing music from her native China.

Yang was the 1997 winner of the prestigious BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff. She also won the first prize in Plácido Domingo's 2001 OPERALIA Competition. Yang has sung Amneris in Aida with the Florida Grand Opera, the Houston Grand Opera and Opera Omaha and will repeat that role in her return to the Deutsche Opera, Berlin where she has sung Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana.

In concert, Yang appeared in A Program Based on Shakespeare with the Milwaukee Symphony, in Tippett's A Child of Our Time with the Chicago Symphony, in recital at the Chicago Cultural Center, in Verdi's Requiem with the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera and the Orchestre de Paris, in Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Cleveland and in recital at the Hong Kong Art Festival.

Rawls has been hailed for having a "powerful, clarion-sounding tenor," a "firm, pliant lyric tenor with ringing high notes," as well as a "flair for acting." In the 2008-09 season, Rawls joins the Teatro Grattacielo in Mascagni's Il piccolo marat at New York's Lincoln Center, Indianapolis Opera as Manrico in Il Trovatore, the Madison Symphony for Verdi's Requiem and Lyric Opera of Chicago as Turiddu and Canio in Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci.

Recently, Rawls portrayed Radamčs in Aida with Opera Omaha, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and for his debut with the Florida Grand Opera. Additionally, he has performed the role of Manrico in Il Trovatore at the Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria, Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana with Granite State Opera, Calaf in Turandot with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cavaradossi in Tosca with Florida Grand Opera, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera with the Des Moines Metro Opera, and Sam in Susannah with Opera Pacific.

Darnell joined the FGCU faculty in fall 2006 and regularly performs regionally and nationally.

Darling studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he subsequently worked as a vocal coach and accompanist for two years. He resides in Chicago and is on the faculty of Northwestern University and the music staff of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The concert is free and open to the public and no tickets are required. Those wishing to have a reserved seat may call 590-7851 for reservations.

For more information, media representatives should contact director of Bower School of Music Nancy Cobb-Lippens at (239) 590-7374.

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