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Nancy King, soprano / Robert Nathanson, guitar




Duo Sureño


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  Duo Sureño was formed by Nancy King and Robert Nathanson in 1999, as a collaboration to explore the beauty and creativity of the human voice blended with classical guitar. Their repertoire spans nearly three hundred years, from the baroque to contemporary.  Accomplished solo artists, both are passionate about the challenge of commissioning and creating new music to invigorate the traditional song recital. Recent commissions include celebrated contemporary composers Andrew York, David Kechley, Jing Jing Luo, William Neil, Christopher Gable and an arrangement of Cabaret Songs, by Grammy award winning composer, William Bolcom.   

  Duo Sureño has toured extensively throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, with world-premieres most recently in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Well-known to North Carolina audiences, Nancy King and Robert Nathanson are currently on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  






Nancy King, soprano, is an associate professor and coordinator of vocal studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, artistic director of Opera Wilmington, and an active performer and guest lecturer. Recent concert appearances include Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Wilmington Symphony, Brahms’s Requiem with the UNCW Choirs, and a Southeastern North Carolina tour of Bach concerts with Chamber Music Wilmington. King has appeared as soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Toronto Classical Singers; Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus in Eugene, Oregon; Orff’s Carmina Burana; Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915; Canteloube’s Chants D’Auvergne; and Poulenc’s Gloria with the Wilmington Symphony.  Operatic roles include Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Hannah Glawari in Lehár’s Merry Widow, Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide, Rosalinda in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. King was also a member of the GRAMMY Award-winning Oregon Bach Festival Choir from 1998–2004, under the direction of Helmuth Rilling.   


Robert Nathanson, classical and baroque guitarist, is an active recitalist and orchestral soloist, now focusing on chamber music,  with concerts throughout the United States, as well as performances in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, and Canada.  He has been performing as part of the Ryoanji Duo (guitar and saxophone) and the North Carolina Guitar Quartet since 1992 and as part of Duo Sureño (guitar and soprano) since 1999.  A champion of new music, Nathanson has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by David Kechley, William Neil, Jing Jing Luo, Ernesto García de León, Leo Brouwer, John Anthony Lennon, Ernesto Cordero, Marilyn Shrude, Shih-Hui Chen and others.  He has hosted several New Music Festivals, inviting composers and performers to the campus of University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he is Professor of Music, to perform, record and conduct master classes.  Since 2010, Nathanson has been the Artistic Director of PRO MUSICA, a concert series celebrating the music of living composers, sponsored by and performed at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC. In March 2016, his most recent CD, Sea of Stones: New Guitar and Saxophone Music by David Kechley, was released by Innova Records, where he serves as both performer and producer.  Nathanson has also released Images, a CD of new music for guitar and saxophone, and At the Edge of the Body’s Night, a CD of new music for soprano, saxophone and guitar. Nathanson has also recorded two solo CDs, New York Sally and Exposure, on the Liscio Recording label.



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Duo Sureño is available to present a variety of programs, spanning over three hundred years. Mr. Nathanson also performs on a Baroque guitar that is a replica of an instrument built for the daughter of King Louis XIV in 1687. 


Works commissioned by Duo Sureño:

     Open the River (2017)                                                 Andrew York           

     Out of Darkness into Light (2107)                                     William Neil 


     Waking the Sparrows: Five Haiku Songs                                 David Kechley

     Furuike (The Ancient Pond)

     Kiji no Koe (The Pheasant’s Voice)

     Suzume to Uguisu (Sparrows and the Nightingale)

     Kitsutsuki (The Woodpecker)

     Kozan ni Fushite (Spring Rain)


     At the Edge of the Body’s Night                                       William Neil 

     Seven Poems


     The Room


     Song of Unending Sorrow                                               Jing Jing Luo

           Act I: The Nightmare

           Act 2: In the Jade Tower—Love Scene

           Act 3: The Dream Scene


     Cabaret Songs                                                          William Bolcom

            Waitin’                                                         arr. Michael Lorimer

            Song of Black Max



     Hens—–Their Diseases and Cure                                         Christopher Gable







Standard Recital Repertoire:


     Letter from Composers                                                  Dominick Argento

            Johann Sebastian Bach (to the Town Council)                                      

            Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (to his father)

            Franz Schubert (to a friend)          

            Giacomo Puccini (to a friend)


     Songs from the Chinese                                                 Benjamin Britten

            The Big Chariot

            The Old Lute

            The Herd-Boy

            Dance Song


     Tonadillas                                                             Enrique Granados   

            La Maja de Goya                                                                        

            El Majo Timido

            El Mirar de la Maja

            El tra la la y el punteado

            El Major Discreto                    


      No se emenderá jamás, HWV 140                                     George Frideric Handel


      Four Yiddish Songs                                                    David Leisner

            Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen                                          


            Sha! Shtil!

            Der Rebe Elimelech


      Three Spanish Songs                                                   Joaquín Rodrigo

            En Jerez de la Frontera 


            De ronda


      Four French Songs                                                     Mátyás Sieber


            J’ai descendu

            Le Rossignol

            Marguerite, elle est malade


      Two Catalan Christmas Songs                                           Traditional

           El descembre del congelat

           El noi de la mare


      Aria, from Bachianas brasilieras No. 5                                Heitor Villa-Lobos

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