Sunday, September 12th, 2021 2:00 pm
Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its free Wadsworth Library concert series with James and Madelaine McQueen performing folk songs as viewed through a classical lens.
The Wadsworth Public Library is located at 132 Broad Street, in Wadsworth. The concert is free, but reservations are recommended by registering online or calling 330-722-2541.
About the Artists
Violinist and composer James Matej McQueen is an active performer throughout the United States as well as locally, performing his own compositions alongside concerts of classical and Scottish fiddle music with occasional forays into baroque violin. In addition to performing, he has recorded three albums of fiddle music with the band StringFire. Mr. MacQueen is currently working on several new works including a sonata for viola and piano, a duo for violin and cello, and a string quartet. He has also written extensively for violin and soprano with the Wednesday Love song cycle, which won the Lamont Composer Competition in 2014. Mr. MacQueen earned a Masters in Violin Performance from University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance & Composition from University of the Pacific.
In addition to performing and composing, Mr. McQueen maintains a private studio of violin and viola students in University Heights.
Madelaine Matej, soprano, sings professionally throughout the US and teaches voice and piano in the Cleveland area. She debuted professionally at age thirteen, singing Flora in The Turn of the Screwwith Oakland Opera Theater. At age fourteen, she made her San Francisco Opera debut, creating the role of Dory Kamen in The Bonesetter’s Daughterby Stewart Wallace. Additional roles include Phaedra in Conradi’s Ariadne(as part of the Anch’ioproject at Amherst Early Music), Cupid in Handel’s Semele, Sparrow in Krása’sBrundibár, Aglante in Lully’s Cadmus et Hermione, Titania and Fairy 2 in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Celidora in Mozart’s The Goose of Cairo, First Spirit in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underword, Gabrielle in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne, Venus in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and First Priestess in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. Ms. Matej is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at Case Western Reserve University, where she is completing a dissertation on the medicalization of vocal standards in nineteenth-century France. She currently studies voice with Dina Kuznetsova at the Cleveland Institute of Music and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance, summa cum laude, from University of the Pacific.