West Virginia University College of Creative Arts piano professor Lucy Mauro, along with tenor Donald George, received a stellar review of their new CD in the August issue of “Gramophone” magazine.

The CD, which is titled “New Love Must Rise: Selected Songs of Margaret Ruthven Lang,” is the second volume of songs which they recorded of this little- known American composer for Delos International.

The recording was made at the WVU Creative Arts Center’s Bloch Learning and Performance Hall, with the assistance of WVU recording engineer Mark Benincosa and piano technician Tim Richards.

Last year, Mauro and George released the first volume titled “Love is Everywhere: Songs of Margaret Ruthven Lang.” MusicWeb International selected that album as a “Recording of the Year 2011.” Their CDs have also been acclaimed in the “Journal of Singing,” “OperaPulse,” and “San Francisco Classical Voice.”

Mauro’s performances include those for the Colorado Music Festival Chamber Music Series, Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress, the Contemporary American Theater Festival and the reunion of the French Piano Institute. In addition to Delos, she has recorded for Capstone Records and is also the co-editor of “Essential Two-Piano Repertoire, Essential Keyboard Trios and Essential Keyboard Duets,” vols. 4 and 5, from Alfred Publishing.

She is the recipient of several grants, most recently WVU Senate Research Grants in 2009 and 2011, which made the Margaret Ruthven Lang CDs possible.

Mauro is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she received bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees and where she studied with Ann Schein and Julio Esteban.

Donald George has performed at La Scala, the Paris Opera Bastille and Theatre du Chatelet, Royal Opera of Brussels, Kennedy Center and the State Operas of Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna. He is associate professor of vocal music at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York, Potsdam, and an honored professor at Shenyang Conservatory in China, as well as guest artist-in- residence at WVU.

George studied at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La., where he received his Bachelor of Music degree, and then attended Louisiana State University for his master’s degree. He is a member of the Hall of Fame of Southeastern Louisiana University and was named the university’s 2010 Alumnus of the Year.

To purchase “New Love Must Rise” visit amazon.com.

See Mauro and George’s website at http://duodrama.net.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4359, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu

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