Voices of the Valley
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Beautiful songs by composers from the Hudson Valley region of New York -- given beautiful performances by Danielle Woerner.

This recording project began with a concert in October 2000 at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, New York, a community college with a vision. Larry Berk, then director of its library and information services, had recently created an Artist in Residence Program, with the support of the Ulster Foundation, to leaven the practical course offerings typical of most community colleges with a healthy dash of inspiration from working artists. Soprano Danielle Woerner was the resident artist for the fall of 2000, and designed a program for students of varying ages, backgrounds and experience. The residency required one major public presentation, and the concert of October 2000 featured some of her favorite Hudson Valley composers. Some of the music had an extra Hudson Valley flavor: words by Woodstock writers Pearl Bond and Gail Goodwin. Nearly all of the composers took part in the musical preparation and several participated as performers in both concert and on this CD. Since the project began, both Alan Shulman and Robert Starer have passed on, adding some additional poignancy to the presentation. Soprano Danielle Woerner is acclaimed for her performances of concert and operatic repertoire ranging from early Baroque to modern works. While maintaining active professional ties to New York City, she has lived in the mid-Hudson Valley. An alumna of Barnard and Bard Colleges, she counts among her most influential singing mentors Nora Bosler, Martha Gerhart and Bethany Beardslee Winham.
Alan Shulman, composer
Song of the Moon Festival in the Woods
Danielle Woerner, soprano, James Fitzwilliam, piano

Robert Baksa, composer
Selections from Emily Dickinson Songs
Danielle Woerner, soprano, Barbara Pickhardt, piano

James Fitzwilliam, composer
Danielle Woerner, soprano, Susan Seligman, cello, James Fitzwilliam, piano

Peter Schickele, composer
Three Songs for a Wedding
Danielle Woerner, soprano, Peter Schickele, piano

Robert Starer, composer
Anna Margarita's Will
Daniel Woerner, soprano, Marcia Gates, flute, Harry Ditzel, horn, Susan Seligman, cello, James Fitzwilliam, piano

Aurora Northland, composer
Selections from The Unicorn Love Poems
Danielle Woerner, soprano, Barbara Pickhardt, piano

"'Voices of the Valley' is simply sensational...Danielle Woerner really has some amazing pipes. Magnificent, glorious and larger than life, Woerner is a singer's singer, to be sure." (Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY)

"Woerner has more than enough technique to bring off this varied program,..." (American Record Guide)
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