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Marilyn Horne Foundation sponsors vocalist and pianist in residence at Georgia Southern Oct. 2-5

Thanks to the generosity of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, two talented musical artists will be in residence at Georgia Southern University Monday, Oct. 2, to Thursday, Oct. 5. In addition to interacting with Georgia Southern music students during their residence, bass vocalist Jason Hardy and pianist Jerome Tan will perform at Greenbriar High School and the Davidson Fine Arts Academy in Augusta, Statesboro High School, and the Savannah Arts Academy.

Hardy and Tan will also present a free public concert Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Carter Recital Hall of the Foy Fine Arts Building at the University. Their program, titled ‘Youth and Love,” will include works by Vaughan Williams, Strauss, Schumann, Finzi, Bernstein, Hahn, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninov.

‘The Marilyn Horne Foundation’s program has launched the careers of some of today’s most popular artists,” said Dr. Allen Henderson, chair of the Department of Music at Georgia Southern. “In recent years young artists I have worked with through this foundation have come to us from debuts at the Met and other significant career events. I am pleased to be able to bring this relationship with the Marilyn Horne Foundation to Georgia Southern and look forward to their continued sponsorship in coming years.”

Acclaimed on the opera, concert, and recital stage, bass Jason Hardy is emerging as one of today’s most versatile artists. He has performed song repertoire and vocal chamber works ranging from Purcell to Prokofiev at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival. He has presented recitals nationwide under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, including a debut recital at Weill Hall, where he performed the world premiere of John Musto’s “viva sweet love.” Mr. Hardy is also a founding member of the Southeastern Festival of Song. He recently released his first solo CD, titled ‘Youth and Love.”

Hardy has given numerous performances at Carnegie Hall, including Mozart’s “Requiem” and “Ein Deutches Requiem” by Brahms, both under the baton of John Rutter. Concert highlights also include a debut at the Kennedy Center and appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, New York Choral Society, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He recently performed the role of Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea) in his debut with New York City Opera.

Hardy was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, National Finalist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago Center for American Artists, Grand Prize-winner of both the Florida Grand Opera Competition and the Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Competition, and a winner in the Liederkranz Foundation, Palm Beach Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Birmingham, Connecticut Opera, and the Oratorio Society of New York vocal competitions. He is also the recipient of a Sullivan Foundation Career Grant.

A recipient of the Artist Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory, he currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Pianist Jerome Tan was born in Singapore. He came to the United States on a music scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In his studies at Peabody, he received a bachelor’s degree in music, a master’s degree in solo piano performance, and a master’s degree in ensemble arts; also while there he was awarded a number of scholarships and merit awards.

For further information, telephone the Georgia Southern Department of Music at 912-681-5396.

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