The Department of Music will kick off its Sound Choices series with Liebeslieder on Friday, September 9, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. The recital, featuring the department’s voice faculty, will be presented in Gorell Recital Hall located on the second floor of John Sutton Hall.
The voice faculty will join forces with the piano faculty for an evening of love songs including arias, art songs, piano solos, and selections from Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, opus 52.
Performers include soprano Mary Logan-Hastings, mezzo-sopranos Raquel Winnica Young and Maria Fenty Denison, tenors Ryan Beeken and Oliver Lo, and basses Joseph Baunoch and Craig Denison. Pianists include Henry Wong Doe and Sun Min Kim.
Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes are a collection of love songs for voices and four-hands piano. The lyrics for this work come from Georg Friedrich Daumer’s Polydora collection of folk songs and love poems.
While there is no concrete record indicating the exact inspiration for the waltzes, there is speculation that Brahms’ motivation for the songs was his frustrated love for pianist Clara Schumann, composer Robert Schumann’s wife.
Tickets for this event can be purchased online or on the Lively Arts website. Tickets may also be purchased on campus at the Hadley Union Building Ticket Office or by calling 724-357-1313. Tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before the performance.
Regular priced tickets are $11; tickets for senior citizens are $9; and tickets for I-Card holders, students, and children are $7.
Sound Choices is a series featuring selected signature events of the Department of Music and is presented through the Lively Arts and College of Fine Arts. For more information, call 724-357-2787 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.