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For Immediate Release
October 25, 2013

Music Instructor Natalie Mann to Release Album, Perform

Music Instructor

Moreno Valley College music instructor Natalie Mann will release "Experience," her first commercial CD of contemporary art songs, on November 1, preceded by a free concert on Tuesday, October 29, as part of the Music@MoVal concert series.

"The songs on the CD are world premiere recordings," Mann said. "While the songs have been performed, they have never been recorded."

Pianist Jeffrey Panko and American composers Lori Laitman and Richard Pearson Thomas join Mann on the album. The album encompasses a multitude of emotions, Mann stated, adding Laitman and Pearson brilliantly set the poetry of American luminaries, including Emily Dickinson, Sara Teasdale, and Mary Oliver. The songs are recorded in song cycles, written to perform as a specific unit. The CD encompasses five song cycles.

"Jeff and I have been collaborating for over ten years," she said. "We have performed regularly in Chicago recital series, including the renowned Dame Myra Hess concert series that is broadcast live. We are planning a concert tour this next year to support the album."

A part-time instructor at MVC since the spring of 2013, Mann has performed as a lyric soprano in Europe and Australia, and in 2011 she performed in China with the South Shore Orchestra. Mann is the recipient of a Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Award. She earned a doctorate in music at Indiana University in Vocal Performance and a master's degree in Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong in Australia.

The CD will be distributed by Albany Records and will be available on Amazon and iTunes.