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Recital To Highlight Forgotten French Composer

PhD student Mary Dibbern, who also serves as music director of education at The Dallas Opera, will perform works by Gabriel Fauré, Ange Flégier and Franz Liszt alongside Dallas-based bass singer Jared Schwartz this Saturday.

Mary Dibbern, education director at The Dallas Opera and UTD doctoral student, will perform alongside bass singer and frequent collaborator Jared Schwartz.

Dibbern, who has collaborated with Schwartz on past projects and performances, says the pair have been making a series of recordings for the bass voice and piano (for Toccata Classics in London in collaboration with St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts in Dallas), including a 2016 collection of works on French composer Ange Flégier.

“The special quality of Flégier’s music is that it was written for a large, dramatic voice with an extended vocal range and a great variety of expression,” Dibbern said. “Most concert songs do not have this same range or depth. They fit Jared’s dramatic bass voice beautifully!”

Dibbern says Flégier’s music has been mostly neglected since his death in 1927, but she says the works are a joy to perform.

“In our imagination, it takes us back to the Romantic period of 19th-century France,” Dibbern says.

The pair’s first collaborative recording, featuring songs from French composer Gabriel Fauré, reached Billboard’s Traditional Classical Top Ten and #1 on Amazon’s classical music chart.

Schwartz and Dibbern are currently working on a new recording comprised of songs from Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. Some of these will be heard during their concert Saturday.

The recital will take place in the Jonsson Performance Hall at 8:00 p.m.