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DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

Enid Krueger

At 17, Muffin Russell is already an accomplished singer. With multiple competitions behind her – including not just a few wins – she’s poised and confident in performance, with a talent few teenagers can imagine.

On Sunday, August 16th, The Saint Peter & Paul Young Artist Recital Series presented Russell in her first solo recital, and it is a preview of greatness to come. With Zachary Ridgway accompanying her, she performed a full recital of 13 pieces by Mozart, Handel, Gilbert and Sullivan and more.  

It's a story that could have been taken from a breaking news report: A soldier, gravely wounded in a brutal battle, flees the fighting to try and make his way home. Only this story is set during the Civil War.

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Although his career has been silent for the past quarter century (he last sang in a public performance in 1988), Jon Vickers' name has continued to resonate loudly through his substantial discography. He sang strong roles. He felt an obligation to become the character. If he didn't like the character, or he felt there was something weak about a particular work, he would refuse the role.

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