FSU’s Francesca Molinaro to Perform in Faculty Artist Series Concert
FSU’s Department of Music will present soprano Francesca Molinaro in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. She will be accompanied by pianist Dr. Joseph Yungen. This event is free and open to the public.
Molinaro will perform “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” by Samuel Barber, “Goodnight Moon” by Eric Whitacre, “The Lordly Hudson” by Ned Rorem, “The Light in the Piazza” from “The Light in the Piazza” by Adam Guettel and “Home” from “Beauty and the Beast” by Alan Menken.
Barber's “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” composed in 1947, is a lush, richly textured work. Setting music to excerpts from a 1938 prose poem by James Agee that later became a preamble to his posthumously published, Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “A Death in the Family” (1957), Barber paints an idyllic, nostalgic picture of Agee's native Knoxville, Tenn.
After reading Margaret Wise Brown’s “Goodnight Moon” to his son countless times before bed, Whitacre adapted the iconic children’s book to music for his wife, soprano Hila Plitmann, to sing. The piece’s harmonic structure is transparent and envelops the melody line in a peaceful, serene setting that creates an emotive soundscape.
“The Lordly Hudson” for voice and piano (from “Poems of Paul Goodman”) was composed by Rorem in 1947, and an orchestral version was composed in 2007.
Guettel’s “The Light in the Piazza,” based on a novella by Elizabeth Spencer, is set in the 1950s and revolves around Margaret Johnson, a wealthy Southern woman and Clara, her daughter who is developmentally disabled. The two spend a summer together in Italy. When Clara falls in love with a young Italian man, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara's future, but her own deep-seated hopes and regrets as well.
“Home” is from Menken’s “Beauty and the Beast,” a musical adapted from Walt Disney Pictures’ Academy Award-winning 1991 animated musical film of the same name. “Beauty and the Beast” tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert into his true human form, the Beast must first learn to love a bright, beautiful young woman whom he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle before it is too late.
Molinaro has performed numerous opera roles and scenes, including Lakmé from “Lakmé,” Laetitia from “The Old Maid and the Thief,” Olympia from “The Tales of Hoffmann”, Madame Goldentrill from “The Impresario” and The Fairy from “Cendrillon.” During the summer of 2017, she performed in the Pittsburgh Festival Opera Young Artist Program. Other honors include winning Youngstown State University’s 2017 annual Young Artist Concerto Competition, placing second at the 2014 Eastern Division Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competitions and placing second in the Ohio National Association of Teachers of Singing Advanced College/Independent Studio Women category.
For more information, contact the Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Monday, April 22 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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