Phillips, Stillman to perform in Wednesday Chamber Music Series concert, Feb. 9

Judith Lynn Stillman, artist-in-residence at Rhode Island College, and opera singer Mary Phillips '86 will perform two recitals on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center's Sapinsley Hall.

Judith Lynn Stillman (Photo: Rhode Island's

Mary Phillips (Photo: Nick Granito)
For Phillips and Stillman, collaborating at RIC will be a reunion. When Stillman first started working at RIC, Phillips was a music and theatre major at the college. Now, both distinguished in their respective fields of music, Phillips and Stillman will be combining their talents for the first two performances of the Spring 2011 Wednesday Chamber Music Series.

“We are delighted to present a program of inspired jewels of the song repertoire, with emotionally powerful selections by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Manuel de Falla and Leonard Bernstein," said Stillman.

Phillips, a mezzo-soprano, has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera of New York City. She earned degrees in both music and theatre, and later went on to earn a master's degree from Yale University.

Stillman, a renowned pianist and artistic director of the Wednesday Chamber Music Series, is also a professor of music at RIC. She received the Dethier Prize for Outstanding Pianist after graduating from the doctoral program at The Juilliard School.

Recently, Stillman returned from China where she was a visiting artist-in-residence at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

The Wednesday Chamber Music Series will continue on March 23 with a recital by the RIC faculty ensemble, the Narragansett Brass Quintet. Stillman will collaborate with flutist Carol Wincenc, flutist with the New York Woodwind Quintet, for the final performance on April 13.

After each recital, there will be a question-and-answer session with the performers.

Admission for this event is free, though donations are welcome. For more information on the Wednesday Chamber Music Series, call (401) 456-9883, or visit