Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 2, 2001

Broadway Performer Gail Nelson to Give Recital, Lead Workshop at Whitworth College

Singer, actress and voice instructor Gail Nelson, who has displayed her talents in such Broadway shows as Hello Dolly, The Tap Dance Kid, and On the Town, will give a recital and lead a workshop at Whitworth College. The recital and workshop, "Surviving in the Business We Call 'Show,'" will take place Wednesday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. A reception for Nelson will follow and admission is free to all events.

Nelson, a graduate of Oberlin College and the New England Conservatory of Music, has toured with a number of prestigious companies. Her credits include the Houston Grand Opera Revival of Porgy and Bess, in which she played the role of Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, in which she portrayed Billie Holiday. In 1997 Nelson performed as Corretta Scott King in the musical, King, which was written by Maya Angelou to commemorate the 53rd presidential inauguration and the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nelson has performed throughout Europe with such groups as the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily, the Vienna Chamber Opera, and the RAI Television and Radio Orchestra in Milan. Her United States symphony engagements include the Philadelphia Pops, the Boston Pops and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She has also performed with the Spokane City Jazz Society Orchestra.

A private voice teacher in New York City since 1972, Nelson has also taught contemporary pop-vocal classes at the City College of New York; piano, choral singing and voice lessons at the Henry Street Music Settlement; and vocal instruction for the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She has been a guest artist for the Spokane Council for the Arts, the Denver Center of Performing Arts, and the Louisiana State Council for the Arts.

Nelson's appearance at Whitworth is sponsored by Paine Hamblen Coffin Brooke & Miller LLP, Avista Corp., The Pacific Northwest Inlander, and Whitworth College.



Rick Hornor, professor of theatre, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4430 or rhornor@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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