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Soprano Leanne Freeman-Miller will present a guest recital at the UI March 2

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three faculty artists from Drake University will present a recital of vocal and flute music as a guests of the University of Iowa School of Music at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Performing works from the Baroque period to the 20th century will be soprano Leanne Freeman-Miller, assisted by pianist Michelle Kavlik-Jergens and flutist Patricia Shinehouse.

Freeman-Miller will open the recital with three arias from cantatas by J.S. Bach: "Mein glaeubiges Herze" (My heart ever faithful) from Cantata 68; "Ei, wie schmeckt der Kaffee suesse" (Oh, how sweet the coffee tastes) from Cantata 211, known as the "Coffee Cantata"; and "Sheep may safely graze" from Cantata 208.

The Bach arias will be followed by groups of songs by Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Next, Shinehouse will perform the Fantasie of Georges Hue, followed by Freeman-Miller's performances of operatic arias by Mozart and Puccini. The recital, performed without intermission, will conclude with three entertaining songs by contemporary American composer Seymour Barab: "I'll Never go to Macy's," "Miss Lucy" and "Spanish Dancer."

In addition to playing the Hue Fantasie, Shinehouse will join Freeman-Miller for two of the Bach arias and the Mozart.

Freeman-Miller said that the program represents music that she enjoys performing. "I really enjoy opening with Baroque music because it serves as a warm-up -- it's an easy sing for me. Liszt and Rachmaninoff are such passionate composers, as is Puccini, which is why I chose to do their music. And the Barab allows me to let my hair down after all that seriousness and just have fun at the end of the recital -- I'm sure the audience needs it, too!"

Freeman-Miller has appeared frequently as a soloist with many performing groups in the Midwest, including a collaboration of the Des Moines Choral Society and Des Moines Ballet's premier of Stephen Laurent's "Catulli Carmina" and the Choral Society's production of Haydn's "The Creation." She has appeared as soprano soloist for the Des Moines Community Orchestra's and Choral Society's performances of Handel's "Messiah" and has been the featured soprano soloist for many oratorios and other major choral works.

She has also appeared in leading roles on the OPERAespresso series at St. Paul's Cathedral and has extensive musical theatre experience in both performing and musical direction. She most recently served as musical director for the Des Moines Playhouse productions of "Crazy For You" and "The King & I."

Freeman-Miller has twice been a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, national honorary music society. Her students are frequent winners of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Music Teachers National Association competitions. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota and a master's in vocal performance from Drake.

Havlik-Jergens is staff accompanist at Drake University. A native of Humboldt, she studied piano with Chiu-Ling Lin at Drake, graduating with a bachelor's degree in piano pedagogy. She has performed with the Drake, Wartburg and Fort Dodge symphonies and is a two-time winner of the Top Keyboard Artist Award in Iowa. She serves as an accompanist for the Ft. Dodge Choral Society and the Webster City Community Chorus. She has performed at several Iowa colleges and accompanied master classes by Simon Estes, Dawn Upshaw, Sherill Milnes and Shirlee Emmons.

Shinehouse teaches flute at Drake University and is principal flute with the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera. She has performed solo and chamber music recitals at Smith College, Brandeis University and in New Delhi, India, through the U.S. Information Agency. She has participated in chamber music performances at the National Flute Convention in New York City. Her recordings include a CD of traditional Celtic music on the Alcazar Productions label. At Drake, she directs the Drake Flute Choir, teaches courses on world music and women in music, and produces the Drake World Music Series, which has brought ethnic music groups to Drake for performances and workshops.