Kevin McDermott, tenor, received his vocal training from his father, Raymond McDermott, a noted voice teacher in New York City. His earliest musical memories are of John McCormack, whose art, philosophy, and repertoire have remained an important inﬂuence in his own career, which he has devoted to championing the forgotten art of the song recital. He is internationally known for his concerts of music from the works of James Joyce. He is a winner of the American Musciological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award for Excellence in the Performance of Historical Music for his work as vocal soloist with D.C. Hall’s New Concert & Quadrille Band, a group devoted to music in mid-19th-century America.
Ralph Richey, pianist, is a native of Kentucky and studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Through countless concerts, radio and television appearances, and recordings, both here and in Europe, Mr. Richey has built an international career as soloist and accompanist. Since 1982 he has been living in Europe, where he is also active as an opera conductor, composer, and author of stage plays. His most recently performed works were a political musical based on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty and a play based on the life of the composer Franz Schubert. Mr. Richey is currently a member of the faculty of the Music Theater Department of the Folkwang Musik-hochschule in Essen, Germany.