“During my years at PLU, I received about a third of my tuition in scholarships and I know how essential they are,” Meade wrote in the night’s program. “My parents always taught me to be thankful for what you have and receive, to acknowledge where you came from, and to give back to those who have helped you on your path. So in honor of my mother, who game me my voice and always aspired to sing professionally, and to PLU who helped nurture my talent, I present this recital to help others on the way to their dreams.”
Accompanied by Bradley Moore, pianist, the performance included selections from Puccini’s Chi il bel sogno from La Rondine and Edgar along with sets of songs from Giocomo Meyerbeer, Georges Bizet and Franz Liszt.
In a review of the performance in Seattle Gay News, Rod Parke wrote, “After the recital, the pianist said to me, ‘I don’t understand why these Liszt songs aren’t performed more often.’ To which I replied, ‘Because most sopranos would be scared to death by them!’ Indeed, the vocal demands were formidable in every way: range, agility, and dramatic thrust.”
Meade performed in memory of her mother, Deborah Meade, who died of breast cancer in July 2012. Donations can still be made to establish the endowed scholarship for vocal performance at PLU and to “help others on the way to their dreams” by clicking here.