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Keuka College Concert will Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Keuka College will present a concert celebrating Valentine’s Day Sunday, Feb. 19.

Rescheduled from Feb. 12, the concert is free and open to the public, and begins at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel. Flowers and chocolates will be given to those in attendance.

Featuring love songs from the stage and screen, Kelley Hamilton, assistant professor of music and director of music programs, will join tenor Lance Anderson for the concert titled “Love, Actually.” They will be accompanied by pianist Howard Spindler.

Kelley has been a performing artist, director, and arts educator in the Finger Lakes region for more than 20 years. A graduate of Ithaca College and the Eastman School of Music, she has written and directed original musicals and revues, and frequently performs as a professional opera and music theatre singer. In addition, she founded a unique performing arts camp in the Rochester area which utilized a creative, empowering approach to arts education for more than a decade.

In addition to serving on the faculty at Keuka College, Kelley is on the faculty at Syracuse University where she teaches voice in the School of Visual and Performing Arts’ drama department.

Anderson makes a return trip to the College, where he has participated in performances and has presented master classes for students. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia, he has spent his career performing and directing musical theatre productions.

A sought-after tenor, Anderson has taken on several challenging roles, including portraying Che in Evita, Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, among others. In addition, he has directed myriad productions for the Lake Plains Players, based in Orleans County. A voice teacher with a private studio in Spencerport, Anderson served as the music director for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology Theatre’s production of Godspell.

Spindler is a graduate of the Eastman Preparatory Department, now known as the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS), where he serves as interim associate dean. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, and a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music. He pursued postgraduate work at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany, earning an artist diploma. He has also studied at the Dalcroze Eurythmics at Oberlin Conservatory. He has continued to study Dalcroze teaching techniques, earning advanced certification from the Institute for Jacques-Dalcroze Education in Bethlehem, Pa.

An active chamber musician and accompanist, Spindler’s teaching career at Eastman has included piano teaching, chamber music coaching, and classroom teaching, both in the Community School and collegiate division. The Rochester Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon honored Spindler as Musician of the Year in 2011. He has also been awarded the Jack L. Frank Award for outstanding teaching at ECMS, where he served as interim director for two-and-a-half years.

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