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Piano and soprano duo to perform Music of Longing and belonging October 6

| September 27, 2017, 11:17 AM

Pianist Eliza Garth and soprano Betsy Bates will explore the profound tension between foreignness and belonging on Friday, October 6, at 8:00 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (UUCA). Bates, a Korean-American adoptee, and Garth, an adoptive mother of children from Korea and China, will feature works for soprano and piano from Puccini to Cage as they interpret the timely theme “Longing and Belonging” as outsiders of the Asian cultures to which they are linked. The program is part of a monthly concert series held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Road in Annapolis. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, visit or call 410-266-8044 Monday through Thursday.
Eliza Garth has achieved international distinction through her recordings and concert appearances in major cities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Since graduating from The Juilliard School, she has performed over 200 new works—many of them written for her, including Gradualia, a piano concerto by Scott Wheeler, and Of Points Fixed and Fluid by Perry Goldstein. Her new solo CD, titled Tour de Force, is scheduled for release on the Albany label in the 2017–18 season. Noted for her advocacy of new American music, Ms. Garth has also recorded the complete piano works of Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Martino on the Centaur label. She is a founding member of the Chamber Players of the League of Composers/ISCM in New York City and has been recognized twice by the Maryland State Arts Council with the Individual Artists Award.
Soprano Betsy Bates Betsy holds a B.A. in music from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Graduate Performance Diploma from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. She has served as a professional cantor, music minister, and chorister in Maryland, D.C., Virginia, and New York. Most recently, she developed and performed a program of American musical theater songs for soprano, alto, and piano titled “The Roles We Play & The Things We Desire.” In her other role as an arts administrator, she serves as director of marketing and operations for Children’s Chorus of Washington and director of marketing and development for the St. Louis Church Concert Series.
The October 6 concert is part of a continuing monthly series at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, now offered on first Fridays. The next concert will feature artistic director for the series, pianist Brian Ganz, appearing with the Alan Saucedo String Trio on Friday, November 3, at 8pm. For more information, visit or call 410-266-8044 Monday through Thursday.

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