Brazosport College to present former students in concert

Brazosport College to present former students in concert

Brazosport College to present former students in concert

Thu Aug 11, 2016
Brazosport College to present former students in concert
Former Brazosport College students Katherine Leidlien and Austin Harris will be performing a program of vocal music, titled “Around the World in One Night,” at 8 p.m. on Aug. 20 at The Clarion at Brazosport College.

They will be singing art songs, leider, opera arias and duets, spirituals and chanson from the 1600s to 2015 and from many different countries.

“Around the World in One Night” is the first joint recital for the pair. They attend The University of Texas at San Antonio where they are vocal performance majors.

The program will be accompanied by Anna Hakobyan, who is originally from Armenia and now teaches piano and accompanies at UTSA.

Leidlein is a graduate of Brazoswood High School where, in her senior year, took music classes at Brazosport College. Active in the Brazosport community, she was a prominent member of her school choir being selected for the Texas All-State Choir. She also was a scholarship singer at First Presbyterian Church, sang solos with the Brazoswood Band and Brazosport Symphony, selected for Brazosport College’s Klassical Kids concert and sang the role of Johanna in Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” with Brazosport Center Stages.

She was selected to appear on the nationally syndicated radio program “From The Top with Christopher O’Riley,” and had roles in Houston Grand Opera’s Summer Intensive for young artists. She has attended Young Artist Programs at Crittenden Opera, Opera Works, and recently Respiro Opera NYC. This past year, Leidlein won the UTSA Studer Award, the NATS Aspiring Artist Award, UTSA’s Friends of Music Scholarship and was a semi-finalist at Texoma NATS competition.

Harris is a graduate of Lamar High School in Houston, where he was also selected for the Texas All-State Choir. After attending Brazosport College and Howard University for one year each, he transferred to UTSA, receiving the Distinguished Transfer Scholarship, as well as the Stuart and Marianne Reuter Endowed Scholarship in Vocal Performance.

He has had the opportunities to sing at Jones Hall in Houston, the White House and Library of Congress, and the BET Honors Stage. He appeared in the role of “Top” in the UTSA Lyric Theatre’s production of “The Tender Land.” Last school year, Harris won in the junior men’s division of both the Texoma NATS and the South Texas NATS competitions.  

The concert is sponsored by the Brazosport College Department of Music and is free to the public.