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    A native of Gary, Indiana, pianist Cliff Jackson received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and pursued graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music. Cited for his sensitive accompaniments and insightful musicianship, he has been the pianist for many internationally renowned artists including Kathleen Battle, Renato Scotto, Simon Estes, Edda Moser, Felicia Weathers, and Gwendolyn Bradley. His skill as a collaborative artist has justly earned him a place on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Vienna Musikverein, the Teatro Colón, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He was awarded a coaching fellowship by the American Opera Center at The Juilliard School, where he was a coach for two years. He was also the recipient of the Gramma Fisher Scholarship by the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Having studied with such highly esteemed pianists as Leon Bates, Frances Walker, Martin Katz, and Warren George Wilson, Cliff Jackson has been recognised as a leading pianist of his generation. He has also gained a wide reputation as an outstanding coach of vocal repertoire ranging in scope from the baroque to twentieth-century opera, in addition to a breadth of song literature encompassing the vastly divergent stylistic periods. He has performed as a solo pianist for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, acted as pianist, organist, and harpsichordist while on musical staffs of Miami Opera, Tulsa Opera, and the Mobile Opera, and was also invited to serve as the head coach for the Central City Opera festival during 1995 and 1997, and as the coach and accompanist for the Chautauqua Opera Festival. In 1992 he joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky’s School of Music, where he served as Associate Professor and Vocal Coach for the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and Voice Curriculum until his retirement in 2011.

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    Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano and Cliff Jackson, piano

    Date: Friday, January 25, 2008 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Scarlatti: Gia il sole dal gange, from L’Honestí  negli amori
    Vivaldi: Piango, gemo, from Piango, gemo, RV. 675
    Durante: Danza, danza fanciulla 
    Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op. 37
    Granados: La maja dolorosa, Nos. 13
    Obradors: El Vito
    Bowles: Blue Mountain Ballads 
    Still: Here’s One [Arr.]
    Bonds: Hold On [Arr.]
    Johnson: Oh Glory [Arr.]

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    Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano and Cliff Jackson, piano

    Date: Friday, February 22, 2002 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Handel: Where’er You Walk, from Semele, HWV 58
    Handel: Furibondo spira il vento, from Partenope, HWV 27
    Hahn: L’heure exquise, from Sept Chansons grises
    Hahn: Si mes vers avaient des ailes!
    Ravel: Vocalise-Etude en forme de Habanera 
    Mahler: Kindertotenlieder 
    Brahms: Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103, Nos. 18
    Currenton: Balm in Gilead
    Jackson-King: It’s Me, Oh Lord

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    Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano and Cliff Jackson, piano

    Date: Wednesday, February 18, 1998 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Rock Hall, Temple University,

    Bethune: Wilt Thou Bring My Baby Home? [Arr.]
    Burleigh: Lovely Dark and Lonely One
    Burleigh: He Met Her in the Meadow
    Coleridge-Taylor: Life and Death, from Sorrow Songs
    Price: Bewilderment Florence
    Price: An April Day
    Adams: For Your There Is No Song
    Adams: Sence You Went Away
    Adams: Creole Girl
    Bonds: Minstrel Man
    Bonds: To a Brown Girl, Dead
    Bonds: The Negro Speaks of Rivers
    Jackson-King: It’s Me, Oh Lord
    Bonds: Hold On
    Simpson-Curenton: Balm in Gilead 
    Simpson-Curenton: Git on Board

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    Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano and Cliff Jackson, piano

    Date: Tuesday, November 28, 1995 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

    Bellini: Il fervido desiderio 
    Bellini: Dolente immagine di Fille mia 
    Bellini: Per pieta, bell’idol mio 
    Schumann: Frauenliebe und —leben, Op. 42
    Tchaikovsky: Again, as Before, from Six Songs, Op. 73, No. 6
    Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart, from Six Songs, Op. 6, No. 6
    Tchaikovsky: Was I a Blade of Grass in a Field, Op. 47, No. 6
    Poulenc: Hôtel
    Poulenc: Voyage í  Paris 
    Ravel: Deux mélodies hebraïques 
    Musto: Silhouette
    Musto: The Silver Swan
    Musto: On This Island

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