The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will present the next offering in its Faculty Artist Series Monday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center located on the Canton campus. The recital – featuring Dione Parker Bennett, soprano; Janice Moore, violin; and John Simmons, piano – is free and open to the public.
Dione Parker Bennett’s voice has been heard in recitals, operas, and guest appearances across the country and beyond. She has performed operatic roles such as Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, Bess in Porgy and Bess; Mimi in Puccini's La Bohéme; Suor Genevieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica ; Gertrude in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel; and Lucy in Scott Joplin's Treemonisha. Her oratorio performances include Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Mass in C, Schubert's Mass in G, Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, and Mozart's Vespers. She also debuted the role of Margaret Bonds in the premier of Karen Clark-Green's N'di. She has also been featured recently with such orchestras as the Warren Philharmonic, Akron Symphony, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony. Recently she performed the works of Brahms, Berlioz, and Burleigh as well as a journey of the development of spirituals with the renowned John Wustman. She is a featured performer with the new show Classically Black Voices which has performed at the King Arts Center in Columbus and Denison University. Invited to sing for the Cantilena Concert Series “Rags to Riches” at the Columbus Museum of Art led to a subsequent invite to sing for the series’ Holiday Celebration. Her recital schedule included the Mostly Mozart Series at St. John’s Church in Columbus; and the Friend’s of Music Concert Series in Greenville, PA. as well as another appearance at Denison University. Bennett has worked with such organizations as the Opera Western Reserve, Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Illinois Symphony, Cleveland Opera, Akron Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony. She is now touring a recital entitled “Sounds of Hope. . .Sounds of Freedom” which focuses on the common threads of African-American spirituals of slavery and Jewish folk songs of the Holocaust. Bennett’s education consists of a bachelor of music and master of music from the University of Akron where she studied with Tana Alexander, Clifford Billions, and Dr. Mary Schiller. Her doctoral work was done at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, working with Prof. Cynthia Haymon. She has coached with John Wustman, Edward Payne, the late Sylvia Oden Lee, Eileen Davis, the late Lorenzo Malfatti and Edward Bak. Her further study has taken her to Graz, Austria, with the American Institute of Musical Studies where an Austrian newspaper said she was “the discovery of the evening.” Bennett is in her sixth year at Ashland University. She is also an active member of NATS . Her students have gone to places such as Chautauqua Music Festival, attended Peabody Institute of Music, Steinhardt School of Music in New York, and have even been NATS winners. As well as private instruction, she is also called upon to do vocal technique workshops and master classes. She lives in Pickerington, Ohio, with her husband David Bennett, conductor, and daughters Andréa and Alexandria.