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Another exciting recital to look forward to this weekend features Scott Long and Tammy Ryan, aka the “dueling divas,” if you have seen their posters around campus. The two will give a performace full of duets, aria, and even art songs. The show itself, Sunday at 3:00 p.m., doesn’t exactly have a theme, it’s mostly a chance to hear some wonderful singing.
One of the highlights of their show will be Ryan’s performance of song adaptations of some of Christina Rossetti’s songs, written specifically for her by Tom Whitman of the Swarthmore music department. This will be one of the first times that these songs have ever been performed. As a whole, all of the peices are “mostly ones which we enjoy and wanted the chance to perform,” says Long.
The two have really enjoyed working together on this performance. They have worked together before – in this semester’s performance of “Elixir of Love,” in which their voices complimented each other beautifully. “Its been really fun putting this show together with Tammy. We’ve performed together a bunch of times at Swat, but this was the first time I think we had a lot of the creative control. I’ve enjoyed the extent to which we’ve collaborated on everything from music selection to staging to poster creation,” Long says.
Long is a Political Science major and and English Literature minor. He hopes to get a job next year in Washington D.C., ideally on Capital Hill. Ryan is a Music major who hopes to persue her music studies in the years to come. Until then, Swarthmore will be delighted to see their performance tomorrow in Lang Music building.