Wonderlic winner gives pleasing recital

April 29, 1991|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff

A poised and versatile Derek Anthony guided his rich bass-baritone voice through a scintillating series of art songs and arias yesterday as the winner of the $1,000 annual first prize in the Wonderlic Memorial Music Competition.

Anthony sang with vigor, ease and clear diction in a one-hour program in German, French, Russian and English. But it was the sure tone of his pleasing voice high or low, loud or soft that hit just the right spots in the recital at Second Presbyterian Church.

The artist, becoming admired throughout the country and in Europe, is a teaching associate and doctoral student at Peabody Conservatory and also winner of the professional division, Baltimore Music Club Competition this year. His skilled accompanist, Vincent Craig, organist and choir director at St. Timothy's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dundalk and also a Peabody student, showed fine touch and timing.

The two made an agreeable team in bringing out the fun, force and melancholy of the 15 songs by Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Ibert, Mussorgsky and others. Especially moving was Anthony's reading of a love song "Still as the night" by C. Bohm and four Don Quixote songs in Jacques Ibert's series.

Anthony sings the bass role in Verdi's "Manzoni Requiem," to be presented by Peabody in memory of the late Elliott W. Galkin, former Peabody director, at 8:15 p.m. Friday at Friedberg Concert Hall (call 659-8124 for tickets).

The $500 second place winner in the March 2 competition was soprano Laura Vicari.

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