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Albany musicians to perform in Madison
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MADISON - Two Albany musicians will be featured in the first program of the Heritage Congregational Church Series in Madison on Sunday.

Robert Haigler, pianist, and Roald Henderson, tenor, will perform in the program, which will take place in the Heritage Congregational Church sanctuary at 3102 Prairie Road in Madison. The event is free to the public.

The program weaves together a combination of solo piano pieces and songs by classical composers from the 18th through the 21st centuries. The composers include Handel, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Grieg and Chopin. Three American songs with texts of Emily Dickinson are included along with three piano excerpts by Aaron Copland from the film score of "Our Town."

The program closes with English songs by Vaughan Williams, Finzi and Warlock.

Haigler is a freelance musician who lives in Albany. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Haigler lived in Chicago for 35 years where he was a professional musician and music teacher. He has a bachelor's degree in music in piano from Furman University, a master's degree in music in piano from the American Conservatory of Music. He also has earned a certificate from the Mozarteum in the interpretation of German art songs. He has been on the faculty of The American Conservatory of Music, Sherwood Conservatory of Music and Triton College.

In addition to making music, Haigler enjoys cooking, gardening and caring for his two dogs, Rusty and Bandit.

Henderson also lives in Albany and has performed in music programs enjoyed by audiences throughout the United States. He has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony and other regional orchestras and was a featured artist in recitals commemorating the 150th Birthday of Edvard Grieg, sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy.

Henderson studied voice with Wilma Osheim at the American Conservatory of Music. He is a graduate of Luther College and holds a certificate from the Mozarteum in the Interpretation of German Song.