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Penelope Cashman
ART Song Canberra’s next concert at Wesley Music Centre will be a huge show of strength, with the two featured artists originally coming from Canberra.

Rachael Duncan (soprano) and Penelope Cashman (piano) have called their concert “Crossing the Pond – Songs from both sides of the Atlantic”.

While Duncan returned here some few years ago after working as a singer in Germany for five years, Cashman now lives and works as a pianist in Vienna.

Duncan made her debut with Opera Queensland. Moving to London in 1998, she performed with the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland, London City Opera, Central Festival Opera in Northampton and Kentish Opera.

Later in Germany she sang Stella in the German premiere of “A Streetcar Named Desire”.

She was awarded the Conrad Ekhof Award in 2005 for Outstanding Performances by a young artist.

Since 2006, Duncan has performed in Canberra with Stopera and the National Capital Orchestra and was part of a benefit concert with singers billed as stars of Opera Australia.

Rachael Duncan
Cashman is an ANU School of Music graduate and now a collaborative pianist specialising as a vocal accompanist and coach.

After a brilliant career performing in chamber music and song recitals in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, England and Australia, she is now music director and repetiteur for Opera Queensland’s Moving Opera!

The geographical reference in the title “both sides of the Atlantic”, is not to their present homes but to the music of Europe and America.

From Britain, for instance, will come songs by Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten’s folk song arrangements. From “across the pond” will come Dominick Argento’s “Six Elizabethan Songs” and Samuel Barber’s “Op.13”, including “Sure on this Shining Night”.

The program will conclude with humorous cabaret songs by American William Bolcom.

“Crossing the Pond – Songs from both sides of the Atlantic”, at Wesley Music Centre, 3pm , Sunday, July 1. Tickets available only at the door.

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