Madison Performing Arts Foundation series begins Friday

September 7, 2017 GMT

The Madison Performing Arts Foundation will kick off its 2017-18 season tomorrow with a concert celebrating Americana. Soprano performer Minnita Daniel-Cox will be joined by pianist Madlen Batchvarova for the free concert at 7 p.m. in the Hanover College Lynn Center for the Fine Arts. “Opening the American Songbook,” will feature popular musical entry’s from America’s history from composers such as George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Stephen Foster. Daniel-Cox, a native of Columbus, Ohio, has received degrees in musical studies from Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan. She has since gone on to teach music and voice courses at both of her almae matres and Western Michigan University. Daniel-Cox currently works as an assistant professor of voice at the University of Dayton. She has performed with a variety of orchestras including the Dayton Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony and Miami Valley Symphony. Daniel-Cox has recently performed alongside Batchvarova for a string of American music recitals in Bulgaria - of which Batchvarova is a native. Batchvarova serves as a professor of music at Hanover College and the director of choral programs. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education and piano performance from the Academy of Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She also holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from the Georgia State University and a doctorate from the University of Alabama. She has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus under the direction of maestro Robert Shaw. Batchvarova participated with the ensemble during performances that earned a 1998 Grammy Award for best choral performance and an appearance at the opening ceremonies of the centennial Olympic games in Atlanta. All Madison Performing Arts Foundation events are family-friendly and open to the public. There is no charge for the concerts, but donations are accepted to help with costs of future performances. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. The series continues at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Christ Episcopal Church with a classical guitar program featuring brothers Jonathan and Seth Crissman. The remainder of the series includes: • Pianist Starla Hibler-Raley and violinist Maegan Sparks at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Madison Presbyterian Church. • The Louisville Brass at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Trinity United Methodist Church. • The Madison Community Band at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Clifty Falls State Park Inn, Overlook room. • Singer-songwriters Greg Ziesemer and Kriss Luckett-Ziesemer at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at First Christian Church. • The Young People’s concert featuring local youth at 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at Madison Presbyterian Church. • Celtica, a six member Irish band from Nashville, Ind. at 7 p.m. March 23 at Trinity United Methodist Church. • Kentucky Opera Outreach with “The Barber of Seville,” at 7 p.m. Apr. 5 at Madison Consolidated High School. • The Spring Choral Festival at 2 p.m. Apr. 15 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church.