Marjorie Bunday, photo by Kathleen Schmidt of Ingenue PortraitureMarjorie Bunday
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...honey-toned,
 
refined ...strong, soaring tone
(Sabine Kortals, Denver Post)
...warm and pure-toned mezzo
(Joe Banno, Washington Post)
...deeply conveying the passion in the words
with sonorous intensity
(Kelly Dean Hansen, Boulder Daily Camera)
...the wonderful alto Marjorie Bunday
(Jens F. Laurson, Washington Post)

 

Reviews

Boulder Daily Camera review (Kelly Dean Hansen) of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra and St. Martin's Chamber Choir, 12/2/2011 performance.
"Of the five soloists, alto Marjorie Bunday was the most moving, being given the sustained, emotional pieces and deeply conveying the passion in the words with sonorous intensity."

OpusColorado.com review  (Robin McNeil) of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra and St. Martin's Chamber Choir, 12/3/2011 performance.
"This entire performance was bathed in joy and remarkable detail work from the musicians and both conductors...
 
The musicians performed with such great care, attention, warmth, and belief in what they were doing, that this work was revealed as a very personal statement by J.S. Bach. How often do we hear a program where that intangible, yet identifiable aesthetic, is manifest?
 
Amanda Balestrieri, soprano; Marjorie Bunday, mezzo; Daniel Hutchings, tenor (in the role of Evangelist); Jacob Sentgeorge, tenor; and Robert W. Tudor, bass, were all quite remarkable and excellent. I was struck by the balance of the singers with the orchestra. That can sometimes be a very difficult thing to bring off, especially when one does not get a chance to perform often in the hall. Nonetheless, performance experience pays off quite nicely, and it was clear that the soloists had an abundance of that...they had a sense of musicianship that is sometimes rare...All of these soloists had the musicianship to realize when to be an 'instrument,' and when to be a soloist."

Denver Post review (Sabine Kortals) of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra and St. Martin's Chamber Choir, 12/2/2011 performance (no web link available).
"Especially notable was Bunday's strong, soaring tone that was beautifully captured in the church's resonant acoustics."

Denver Post review of Monteverdi Soloists concert - October 22, 2010.
"Mezzo-soprano Marjorie Bunday, tenor Daniel Hutchings and bass Robert Gardner delivered an engaging, blended performance of Monteverdi's even-paced 'Salve Regina'...
...
Also memorable was Bunday's honey-toned, refined reading of the 'Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius' motet."

Washington Post review of Armonia Nova - June 28, 2010.
"Allison Mondel's ethereal soprano, Marjorie Bunday's warm and pure-toned mezzo, and Jay White's alternation of supple tenor and focused countertenor (shifting registers as individual pieces required), blended beautifully in a recital of songs from roughly 1200 through the late 1400s."

Washington Post web review of Armonia Nova in Washington Early Music Festival Gala - July 20, 2009.
"In arrangements of Hildegard von Bingen's chants with harpist Constance Whiteside, Marjorie Bunday and Allison Mondel blended their voices in a spellbinding performance of textural simplicity and rhythmic freedom."

Washington Post review of Armonia Nova performing music of Hildegard von Bingen - June 23, 2008.
"...a willingness to use vibrato added lushness to Marjorie Bunday's bright, attractive mezzo..."

Express Milwaukee review of Hesperus in "Shameless Commerce" - March 12, 2008.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review of Hesperus in "Shameless Commerce" - March 8, 2008.

Rocky Mountain News review of Denver Bach Society performance of J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor - October 22, 2007.
"Contributing in fine fashion to Saturday's performance were the vocal soloists: soprano Maureen Sorensson, mezzo Marjorie Bunday...[A]ll of the solos and duets proved effective and often deeply moving (notably Bunday's expressive handling of the Agnus Dei and the heartfelt Christe, sung in duet with Sorensson)."

The Denver Post review of The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado in "The Glories of Venice" - April 22, 2007.
"Highlighting the first half were three vocal gems by Claudio Monteverdi, two featuring St. John's Schola Cantorum and eight guest vocalists. The latter all proved to be excellent soloists, especially mezzo-soprano Marjorie Bunday and countertenor Robert Sussuma, who paired to stunning effect in the concluding 'Beatus vir.'"

Washington Post review of Woodley Ensemble in "Sacred Kaleidescope" [work referenced for Ms. Bunday is "O Fragile Human" by Christopher Marshall] - May 15, 2006.
"The soloists, soprano Jolene Baxter and mezzo-soprano Marjorie Bunday, handled their assignments beautifully."

Washington Times review of Washington Choral Ensemble performing Zoltan Kodaly "Missa Brevis" and John Rutter "Requiem" - March 19, 2006.
"In both works, the soloists were superb, including...alto Marjorie Bunday..."

Washington Post review of Alexandria Choral Society performing G.F. Handel "Coronation Anthems" and "Dixit Dominus" - November 15, 2004.
"[Artistic director Philip] Cave's soloists, sopranos Janet Coxwell and Sally Dunkley, alto Marjorie Bunday, tenor Ole Haas and bass Francis Steele, were mostly recruited from Magnificat, a baroque vocal ensemble Cave founded in England in 1991. They sang...with finely polished tone and a secure grasp of baroque ornamentation."

Washington Post review of Palestrina Choir (one-on-a-part performance of Orlande de Lassus motets) - October 21, 2004.
"...the wonderful alto Marjorie Bunday..."

Upcoming Concerts...

Behold the Man - Staged reading of Act I
role of Beatriz
Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Boulder, Colorado

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Dufay In July! - Denver Early Music Consort & Lamont Early Music Ensemble
soloist & ensemble
Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Denver, Colorado

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