Faculty Voice Recital at TAMIU Jan. 19

Faculty Voice Recital
at TAMIU Jan. 19

Make plans to attend a faculty recital performance at Texas A&M International University Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The performance features soprano Dana Crabtree and Dr. Fritz Gechter on piano. The program includes opera arias by Mozart, art songs by Hugo Wolf and Darius Milhaud, and J.S. Bach. (photo)

“The concert begins with two of Mozart’s most well-loved soprano arias from the Italian operatic repertoire—“Zeffiretti lusinghieri” from Idomeneo and “Dove sono” from Le Nozze de Figaro—that demonstrate the composer’s incredible melodic gift and elegant lyricism,” Crabtree said.

She added that the German portion of the evening includes three short songs by Hugo Wolf that are mainly humorous settings of poetry by Eduard Mörike and Paul Heyse.

Crabtree and Gechter will also perform the “Chansons de Ronsard,” a set of four songs by 20th century French composer Darius Milhaud, whose texts are borrowed from the famous 16th century French poet Pierre de Ronsard. Translations for the Italian, German, and French texts will be simultaneously projected as the music is performed.

Also on the program is J.S. Bach’s “The Coffee Cantanta.” The story takes place in a coffee house where Schlendrian, a frustrated father, sets out to curb his teenage daughter Lizzie’s obsession with coffee. A nosy waiter happily joins the drama.

“Though the work was originally written in Bach's native German, we will be performing a very clever English setting by Donald Pippin. I was introduced to Pippin's setting a few months back and it was love at first sight. I knew I had to perform it,” exclaimed Crabtree.

Joining Crabtree and Dr. Gechter for “The Coffee Cantata” will be special guests tenor John Maxstadt, bass-baritone Dr. Joseph Crabtree and Dr. Susan Berdahl, associate professor of music and flute, on flute.

For more information, please contact Crabtree at the department of fine and performing arts at 326.2654, e-mail dcrabtree@tamiu.edu or visit offices in CFPA, room 233A.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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