Notre Dame de Namur University “Ralston Performers Series” Showcases Profondo Voice

Belmont, CA, March 10, 2011­— Discover the true treasures of the deep – and maybe a sea shanty or two – in a concert highlighting the rare basso profondo voice of Gregory Stapp. Notre Dame de Namur University’s Department of Music and Vocal Arts presents “Profondo Delights & Laments,” featuring Stapp and fellow NDNU faculty member Daniel Lockert, pianist, on March 20 at 3 p.m. in the Ralston Hall Ballroom.

Stapp and Lockert will perform an eclectic mix of tunes inside and outside of the basso profondo repertoire, including classical, theatrical, and popular music selections.

Stapp is an internationally acclaimed bass who has appeared in 30 San Francisco Opera productions, many of which were featured on NPR.  He was appointed to the San Francisco/Affiliate Artist-Opera Program, where he was awarded one of the San Francisco Opera Center’s Adler Fellowships.

Lockert is a multi-talented pianist/collaborator. He was honored as the only American finalist at the first International Accompanying Competition held in Den Hague, the Netherlands. In his role as pianist/collaborator, his wide-ranging career has taken him around the globe, playing throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. He has been praised for exhibiting a strong sense of rhythm, lovely variety of touches, and a convincing sense of historical style.

This concert is presented as part of the Department of Music and Vocal Arts’ Ralston Performers Series, which this year has also featured pianist Louise Costigan-Kerns and The Saint Michael Trio.

General admission is $20; student and senior admission is $10. For tickets or more information, contact (650) 508-3729 or Ralston Hall is located on the NDNU campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.