Contralto Daphne Alderson and pianist Norma Meyer will return as featured performers at Maurice River Music’s next salon concert 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at a residence in the Mauricetown area of Commercial Township.

Meyer will perform music by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Alderson and Meyer will perform songs by Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Maurice Ravel.

Alderson, making her third Maurice River Music salon concert appearance, has had a career that includes opera, cabaret, oratorio and chamber music. Among her opera credits are Mere Jeanne in Pittsburgh Opera’s premiere of Francis Poulenc’s “The Dialogues of the Carmelites.” She performed the role of Madame Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” for Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh’s SummerFest in July 2013 and her cabaret debut, “An American in Paris, World War II,” toured the mid-Atlantic region.

Alderson is an adjunct instructor of voice at Seton Hill University. She resides in Pittsburgh with husband, guitarist and composer John Marcinizyn.


Pianist-conductor Norma Meyer will perform with contralto Daphne Alderson at a Jan. 13 salon concert in the Mauricetown section of Commercial Township.
Pianist-conductor Norma Meyer will perform with contralto Daphne Alderson at a Jan. 13 salon concert in the Mauricetown section of Commercial Township.

Meyer is making her 12th Maurice River Music salon concert appearance and her second as featured recitalist. She is a founding member of Piano4 (www.piano4.org), a four-piano quartet, and has toured with it throughout the United States since 2001.

She has performed at the Honeywell Center in Wabash and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia for the past four years as the resident pianist for the WaBASS programs directed by her son Ranaan Meyer. She formerly served as orchestra director in the Washington Township Public Schools.

Upcoming Maurice River Music salon concerts will include repeat appearances by pianists Allison and Carlos Franzetti on Feb. 17, clarinetist Christopher Di Santo with violinist Ruotao Mao and pianist Michael Sheadel on March 24, and, in his salon concert debut, marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura, on April 7. All concerts will be at 2:30 p.m.

Seating is very limited, so reservations are required. Donations to assist in covering expenses will be accepted. To reserve seats, receive directions or receive more information, call 856-506-0580, email [email protected], or visit www.mauricerivermusic.com.

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