"Soprano, Accompanied" faculty recital to be presented at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2009-09-09 13:29:12 - General

"Soprano, Accompanied," a Coe music faculty recital featuring Pearl M. Taylor Professor of Music Margie V. Marrs and a company of accompanists playing diverse instruments will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe campus. The recital is free and open to the public.

Marrs will be accompanied by Coe College music faculty members Beth Hoffman, Amy Phelps, Marita Wolgast, Brett Wolgast, and Robert Yeats. Charles Harris will be joined by flutist Joanne Chadima for this performance. Their instrumentation will include keyboard (harpsichord, piano, and organ), strings (violin and cello), wind (flute), and brass (French horn and tuba).

The program opens with compositions by the German composer Frederick Handel and the French-born Swiss composer Arthur Honegger. Three arias will be performed from Handel's "Nine German Arias," a work not published until 1921. While the texts of Handel's friend Barthold Heinrich Brockes are not Biblical, they are religious in nature and were published in Brockes' collection "Earthly delight in God, consisting of physical and moral poems." Honegger's "Three Psalms" for voice and organ is based on the Genevan Psalter (1562) and dates from 1940-41.

The remaining works in the program were composed by Americans who chose to set texts and letters of American writers. Composer Daron Hagen, originally from Wisconsin, is a confirmed Civil War buff. For his song cycle "Dear Youth," he chose writings of American women who were involved with the war, creating a poignant work scored for voice, piano and flute.

Composer Rodger Vaughan has set three short poems of John Updike for the unusual duo of soprano and tuba. Vaughan, a native of Pretty Prairie, Kan., who taught for many years at California State-Fullerton, is retired but continues to compose, arrange and practice the tuba.

"Higgins is Gone," composed for soprano, violin, French horn, and piano, is a delightful setting of a poem by Donald Justice, a long-time faculty member at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Composer/French hornist Brian Holmes is a professor of physics at San Jose State University.

For more information, contact the Coe Music Department at 399-8521.