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Matt Bean Faculty Bass-Baritone Recital Oct. 12

October 8, 2012

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MACOMB, IL - - Matt Bean, professor of musical theatre and voice at Western Illinois University, will perform the faculty recital "Song by Song by Sondheim" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall.

He shares the stage with his wife Rebecca, a veteran performer from Seattle, as well as Assistant Professor Lysa Fox and faculty assistant Min Jung Seo.

They will perform songs from the Broadway musicals "The Frogs," "Saturday Night," "Dick Tracy," "A Little Night Music," "Follies," "Company," "Passion" and "Sunday in the Park with George."

Bean conducts shows, stages opera, writes articles, composes, arranges and presents workshops in acting and singing. He is a leading scholar on the works of Stephen Sondheim and is an expert in pop and belt vocal technique. Bean is a regular contributor to the Journal of Singing and The Sondheim Review. He earned his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, his master's degree from Manhattan School of Music and his doctorate degree from Indiana University.

Fox is a founding member of the Venture Theatre in Billings, MT, where she served as artistic director. While there, she worked on many productions including "The Threepenny Opera," "Blood Brothers," "Always, Pasty Cline" and "Art." She was an adjunct faculty member at California State University Long Beach and was a member of the California Repertory. She earned her masters in fine arts in acting/directing from California State University Long Beach.

A native of Korea, Seo is a faculty assistant at Western, and has served on the faculty at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Banff Centre in Canada, and the Heifetz International Music Institute in New Hampshire. Seo has also studied at Indiana University and at Juilliard.

For more information, contact Dr. Bean at (309) 298-1422 or email

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