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Tenor Sings for Love and Prayers

World-class vocalist Matthew Daniel performs “Songs for the Soul” on Sunday, March 20

The School of American Music presents Matthew Daniel in concert at Converge Community Church in New Buffalo, Michigan. A well-known figure in the opera scene across the United States, longtime member of the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and teacher for the School of American Music, Daniel will be accompanied by pianist Sharon Burke in a program of love songs and hymns that spans the ages. The performance will begin at 3pm on Sunday, March 20, at Converge, 601 Buffalo St.

The second Free Family Concert in SAM’s 2022 series, “Songs of the Soul” features Liza Lehmann’s Five Greek Love Songs, selections from Giuseppe Verdi’s Sei Romanze, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Four Hymns, among other works. Michiana’s Nic Orbovich makes a cameo appearance on viola in Four Hymns.

“This program is a testament to the depth and breadth of talent in southwest Michigan,” said Donna M. Mitchell, executive director of the School of American Music. “From Matt’s steely tenor tone, to Sharon’s collaborative piano, to Nic’s virtuosity on strings, our musicians are second to none, and we’re grateful to have them in Harbor Country.”

In addition to performance, Daniel has served as a director at the South Bend Lyric Opera and an educator at Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana. He has also sung in two world premieres: the song-cycle Moon River Anthology by Barbara Hamilton and The Hard Years by Jon Schwabe.

Burke is a veteran pianist who has accompanied soloists, orchestras and church choirs. She is adjunct piano instructor at Culver Academies. And Orbovich, with a repertoire spanning genres, is known as a prolific performer with a soft spot for chamber music. He has served as concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony as well as many other orchestras.

So that all are safe while attending “Songs for the Soul,” current COVID-19 protocols will be observed.

The SAM Family Concert Series is made possible by a grant from the Pokagon Fund, and donations to the School of American Music. The next event will be a Sing-Along at the New Buffalo Library on March 29, 2022.

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