Local singers, guest pianist to perform tonight in 'Let the World Go By'

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010

Local singers Kathleen and Dan Wayne will perform some of their favorite jazz, Broadway, opera solos and duets tonight in a performance called "Let the World Outside Go By." They'll be joined by guest pianist and composer Linda Dowdell, whose compositions will also be featured in the program. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the UAS Library Building in the Egan Lecture Hall.

The Waynes met Dowdell in Sequim, Wash., where the pianist and composer lives and teaches at the Olympic Music School. After performing together in Sequim, they decided to do one in Juneau, where the Waynes live, and in Sitka, where they all have family and where Kathleen's mom, Marion Sundquist, turns 85 this week.

Dan Wayne first became interested in taking shows out of town a few years ago, after producing a few events for Juneau Lyric Opera. He co-produced JLO's "Tosca" and "the 3 Tenors From Juneau" for a Juneau and Sitka audience, and since then Juneau Lyric Opera and Opera to Go have been taking opera on the road to Sitka at least once a year.

Wayne started singing at Wrangell High School, and his first solo performance was "Ol Man River," at the Southeast Music Festival in Sitka. Since then he has sung in a number of choruses, frequently as a soloist, and has sung principal roles in several operas and musicals in Juneau. He started dating Kathleen after meeting her at a Juneau Lyric Opera rehearsal.

Kathleen Wayne has sung with the Juneau Lyric Opera in numerous shows, and has appeared as a soloist with the Juneau Symphony, Opera Fairbanks, and Opera to Go. She is the winner of several state-wide vocal competitions, and won "honorable mention" at regional auditions for the Metropolitan Opera. Her next appearance onstage will be as Adina in the Opera to Go production of Donezetti's "Elixir of Love," opening in Juneau on Nov. 12.

Dowdell has roots in both jazz and classical music, having toured the world as musical director of both Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project and the Mark Morris Dance Group, performing with guest artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. She is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, where she was awarded the Harrington Award for Creative Achievement in developing new work for the musical stage. Other awards include the James Irvine Foundation and Meet the Composer.

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