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Halfway Down: songs about childhood and disability Sunday 4/17 @ Discovery Center, Binghamton
Pokey Crocker and Julia Grella O’Connell speak with WSKG's Gregory Keeler
Halfway Down: songs about childhood and disability Sunday 4/17 @ Discovery Center, Binghamton
Online interview audio now available The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier presents
"Halfway Down"
A Concert of Songs about Childhood and Disability

Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, soprano
Julia Grella O'Connell, mezzo-soprano
Pej Reitz, piano

3pm, Sunday, April 17
Tickets are $25
Ahearn Playhouse
The Discovery Center
60 Morgan Road
Binghamton, NY 13903

As mentioned in the interview, Stephanie Jensen-Moulton will give a lecture/recital featuring the songs of Blind Tom Wiggins, free and open to the public:
Friday, April 15, 3pm
Casadesus Recital Hall
Fine Arts Building
Binghamton University Campus


Noted soprano and scholar of disability studies Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, acclaimed mezzo-soprano Julia Grella O'Connell, and beloved pianist Pej Reitz will present a concert of classical songs that share the themes of childhood and disability on April 17 at 3 PM at the Discovery Center. The program will include pieces by Johannes Brahms and Charles Ives, as well as a group of rarely-heard songs by the autistic savant "Blind Tom" Wiggins, a musical prodigy born into slavery. The concert is open to the public. Tickets are $25. Proceeds will go to benefit the Discovery Center's cultivation of programs to provide opportunities for children with special needs.

About the Artists
Soprano Stephanie Jensen-Moulton's singing has been praised by the New York Times as "brilliant and confident." She has performed in opera, concert, and musical theater throughout the United States. Also a noted scholar on music, gender, and disability studies, she is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, where she is also a Research Fellow at the Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music. Her publications have focused on the music of composers Miriam Gideon and Pauline Oliveros, women in hip hop, and nineteenth-century autistic savant pianist "Blind Tom" Wiggins. Her edition of Miriam Gideon's opera Fortunato will be published by A/R Editions in 2012. Dr. Jensen-Moulton was recently awarded a Mrs. Giles Whiting Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities.

Mezzo-soprano Julia Grella O'Connell is a singer and scholar whose work has focused on salon and art music by nineteenth-century Italian composers, serious and popular music by Victorian women, and music by Italian composers who immigrated to Victorian Britain and Ireland. In 1997, she co-founded the Risorgimento Project, a research-and-performance initiative dedicated to bringing this music before the pubic in intimate salon concerts. The Risorgimento Project has been a sponsored emerging organization of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Julia has given numerous performances throughout the United States, Italy, and Great Britain, presenting works discovered in the course of her research. She has taught on the music faculties of Hunter College and the City College of New York. Her scholarly writing has appeared in the Journal of Musicological Research, the Italian American Review, and the online journal Sounding Out!.

Pianist Pej Reitz is widely acclaimed as a soloist, educator, and collaborative musician. She has performed as a recitalist and accompanist throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia, including concerts in Graz, Austria, Tokyo, Japan, and Birmingham, England. An authority on the repertoire of Spanish art song, she has accompanied recitals in Granada, Madrid, and Barcelona, and will return to Spain this summer to teach and play at The International Spanish Music Festival in Madrid. In 2010, Pej appeared as a soloist in Bach's two Double Concerti for Harpsichord, BWV 1060 and 1061 with the Catskill Symphony in Cooperstown. She has taught on the faculty at Binghamton University since 1991 and the Ithaca College School of Music since 1999. She is President of the local District VII Music Teachers Association and is an active adjudicator for the National Piano Guild Organization.