Fulton soprano brings classmates with her for special performance

On her journey to success, Marie Marquis is taking a short trip back home. The Fulton soprano, on break from pursuing her master’s degree at New York’s Bard College’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, is performing with a classmate tonight at the Link Centre.
“My friend Kameryn (Lueng) approached me and she was like, ‘How about doing a recital tour?’” Marquis said. “I thought it was a great idea, because I love sharing music with people.”
The pair, accompanied on piano by Mei-En Chou, will perform in Tupelo tonight and in Lueng’s hometown of Pineville, La.
Lueng and Marquis’ program includes, as the title says, “songs of love and loss.”
“We just picked out music that we like,” she said. “We have some love songs and we have some songs about love that’s lost.”
Pieces from the program include Debussy’s “Pantomime,” Menotti’s “Hello, Hello” from “The Telephone,” Gershwin’s “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and the gospel hymn “His Eye Is On the Sparrow.”
Marquis has earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French language and literature from Johns Hopkins University. She has also studied music, literature and art in Paris. She has one year left in her graduate program.
Lueng has performed all over the world and her roles include the maid in the world premiere of “Four Sisters,” an opera by Elena Langer and librettist John Floyd Davies; Lucy in “The Telephone”; and Madame Herz in “The Impresario.”
“After the recital (Lueng) will be doing a mission trip in Kenya and then flying to France to sing, and I’ll be going to Canada in July to sing,” Marquis said.
After Marquis completes her final year at Bard, she hopes to continue learning.
“I’ll be doing auditions for the next year. I’m applying for a grant to study in France, so I’ll be working on that over the summer,” she said. “Then I guess, more school and more young artist programs.”
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