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Mezzo-Soprano Paulette Herbich Joins Percussion Plus Project at Sunday Concert

April 1, 2008

Percussion Plus Project Logo 2007.gifApril 1, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - The Percussion Plus Project, directed by DePauw University School of Music Professor Amy Lynn Barber, will present "Works for Percussion Plus Voice," this Sunday, April 6. The concert, featuring guest artist Paulette V. Herbich, mezzo-soprano, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Green Center for the Performing Arts' Kresge Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

Sunday's performance will feature contemporary works that explore the relation between language and music. Gyorgy Ligeti’s late work Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel (With Pipes, Drums, Fiddles) sets the surrealistic poetry of Hungarian poet Sándor Weöres to music. Catalonian composer Angel Lluis Ferrando’s Sibil.la, written for the Percussion Plus Project, sets a medieval text from the Cathedral of Valencia.. Vyacheslav Artyomov's Incantations progresses from textless vocal sounds to something approaching language. The concert will conclude with two beloved American songs -- Simple Gifts and Amazing Grace -- in Paulette Herbich.jpgunconventional settings by George Crumb from his collection, The American Songbook.

Paulette V. Herbich (pictured at right) is an American-born mezzo-soprano who lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Herbich was a member of the Vienna State Opera, and has had an international career at opera houses and on the concert stage throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. She maintains a voice studio in Vienna, and teaches students from the Vienna Conservatory, the University of Music in Vienna, and the IES music program. Herbich has been a regular guest of the Percussion Green Center MB 1.jpgPlus Project, and has performed and recorded new works with the ensemble throughout Europe as well as in the United States.

The Percussion Plus Project is a unique contemporary chamber music ensemble, which focuses on an unusual repertoire that is little-known to general audiences. Their programs consist of works for percussion -- ranging from one to many players -- and another solo instrument. Founded in Prague in 1993, the ensemble has been based at DePauw since 2002.

For more information, visit the DePauw School of Music online.

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