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Mothers of Invention recital planned for Sunday at Crane


POTSDAM - SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will present “Mothers of Invention,” a recital featuring vocal music by women composers at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

The concert will feature sopranos Deborah Massell and Julie Daoust, as well as mezzo-soprano Lorraine Yaros Sullivan, who will all be joined by pianist François Germain. The performance will include works by Clara Schumann, Cécile Chaminade, Pauline Viardot, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Ruth Crawford Seeger and more.

This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Dr. Massell, soprano, holds over two decades’ experience in vocal performance in Europe and North America. She has appeared in leading roles such as Pamina, Susanna, Despina, Sophie, Zerlina, Servilia, Semele, Bastienne, Euridice, and Belinda, as well as several world premieres, and performed as soloist in a great number of concerts, oratorios, recitals and chamber music performances, including in many works composed especially for her voice. Dr. Massell has been on the faculty of Crane since 2000.l.

Ms. Daoust, a Montreal soprano, has established a strong following in the French-speaking communities and is continuing to gain critical acclaim across Canada for her elegantly poised vocal performances.

A sought-after teacher, Ms. Daoust is now on the faculty of the University of Montreal, Concordia University and The Crane School of Music.

Ms. Yaros Sullivan, mezzo-soprano, is an active and versatile performer, enjoying success in a variety of genres and styles including opera, oratorio, chamber music and art song.

She is in demand for her concert and oratorio work in the U.S. and Canada, with recent performances including a range of styles from Bach to Libby Larsen. Sullivan is an assistant professor of voice at The Crane School of Music.

Mr. Germain, a pianist, has performed extensively in Europe, the United States and Canada as a soloist and accompanist. Originally from Aix-en-Provence, France, he is the recipient of many awards, including first prizes in the Radio-France Competition, the Madeleine de Valmalète Competition and the Paul and Verna Gelinas Competition.

He currently teaches piano, vocal coaching and opera at The Crane School of Music.

This concert will be broadcast live on the SUNY Potsdam website at the performance time. To view the program and see other upcoming streaming performances, visit

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