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Valentine's Day Concert Features Love Songs

Joanie Brittingham, adjunct instructor of voice at the University of Mobile, will perform a Valentine’s Day concert titled “Struck by Cupid’s Arrow: A Night of Love Songs” on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in Moorer Auditorium on the University of Mobile campus. For information, contact the UMobile Center for Performing Arts at 251.442.2420.

This free concert, which tells a love story, is based on the progression of a romantic relationship.

“The first set of songs focuses on the confusion and uncertainty one often feels in the early stages of love, while the second illustrates a wistful yearning for the happiness of a relationship,” said Brittingham.

The program features all-American music, from opera arias and art songs to jazz standards, favorite movie songs, and musical theatre gems that create a vivid tapestry of musical style.

Brittingham will be accompanied by Sharon Hudson, pianist and adjunct professor of music at the University of Mobile.
Brittingham is well-known for her high notes and stage presence. She recently performed the role of Polly Browne in “The Boy Friend” with Light Opera Oklahoma, where she was praised for her “powerful voice” according to The Tulsa World. She also performed the role of Ella in “Patience” and sang in the chorus of “Kiss Me, Kate”. Other credits include Peep-Bo in “The Mikado” and chorus in “Elixir of Love” and “Carmen” with Wichita Grand Opera. She portrayed the role of Musetta in “La Boheme” with Opera Ischia in Italy, and performed the roles of Anna Reich in “Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor,” Erisbe in “L’Ormindo,” and the starring role in the world premiere of “The Face in the Wall” as a student. Musical theatre credits include Sister Sophia in “The Sound of Music” and the title role of Cinderella with West Virginia Public Theatre, as well as Johanna in “Sweeney Todd” with CalRep Pennyslvania.

Brittingham has two master’s degrees from Baylor University in voice performance and music history and literature, and obtained her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University in voice performance and theatre. She has studied at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and at the Oberlin in Italy program.

Sharon Hudson taught at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky., for two years and was director of music at St. Anthony Church in Utica, Ky., for four years before coming to Mobile as a pianist and adjunct professor of music. She was sought after as a collaborative pianist and judge for music festivals in Owensboro, Ky., and Evansville, Ind. She completed her DMA in piano performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Dec. 2010. She is the pianist at Saraland United Methodist church.

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