FSU Student Rachel Cox to Present Senior Soprano Recital
Frostburg State University student Rachel Cox will present her senior soprano recital on Friday, April 5, 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 and on one piece by student guest artist, soprano Samantha Donaldson. This event is free and open to the public.
Cox’s program will include “La Diva de l’Empire” by Erik Satie; “I’m a Stranger Here Myself” from “One Touch of Venus” by Kurt Weill; “Iban al pinar” and “Mañanica era” by Enrique Granados; “Angels, Ever Bright and Fair” from “Theodora” by George Frideric Handel; “The Heavenly Banquet,” “Sea-Snatch” and “The Monk and His Cat” by Samuel Barber; “Flight” by Craig Carnelia, arranged by Michael Rafter; “Green Finch and Linnet Bird” from “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” by Stephen Sondheim; “J’ai deux amours” by Vincent Scotto; “Inside Out” from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” by Steven Lutvak; “Fleurs” by Francis Poulenc; “Heidenröslein” by Franz Schubert; “Das verlassene Mägdlein” by Hugo Wolf; and “Zueignung” by Richard Strauss.
Satie’s “La Diva de l'Empire” (“The Diva of the Empire”) is a French popular song composed in 1904 with the style of cabaret or “café-concert” idiom.
“One Touch of Venus” is a musical by Weill, based on the novella “The Tinted Venus” by Thomas Anstey Guthrie, and very loosely spoofing the Pygmalion myth. The show satirizes contemporary American suburban values, artistic fads and romantic and sexual mores.
“Iban al pinar” is from “Colección de canciones amatorias” (1915) for voice and piano. Granados was a Spanish pianist and composer of classical music in a uniquely Spanish style. Granados provides “Mañanica era” (“It Was Daybreak”) with a delicate setting and gently shifts to a melancholy expressiveness toward the end for the lover who comes to die.
“Theodora” is a dramatic oratorio in three acts by Handel. The oratorio concerns the Christian martyr Theodora and her Christian-converted Roman lover, Didymus.
“The Heavenly Banquet” is the fourth song, “Sea-Snatch” is the sixth song and “The Monk and his Cat” is the eighth song of Barber’s song cycle “Hermit Songs,” which was published in 1954 based on a text by an Irish monk who lived sometime between the 8th and 13th centuries.
“Flight” is one of Carnelia’s cabaret songs, rearranged from the original solo version into a duet. With its soaring melody and picturesque imagery, the song reflects a longing for change and escape.
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is a 1979 Tony Award-winning musical thriller with music and lyrics by Sondheim, based on the 1973 play of the same name.
Scotto’s “J’ai deux amours” (“I Have Two Loves”) is a song performed in 1930 by Josephine Baker. It was the first time that Baker sang in public and her success was immediate.
“A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder” is a 2013 Tony Award-winning musical comedy, with music and lyrics by Lutvak. It is based on the 1907 novel, “Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal” by Roy Horniman.
“Fleurs” is from “Fiançailles pour rire” (“Betrothal for Laughs”), a 1942 song cycle of six French art songs by Poulenc based on poems from the homonym collection by Louise de Vilmorin.
Schubert’s setting of Goethe’s “Heidenröslein” (“Wild Rose”), composed in 1815, is one of his one-page wonders. Its melody has become virtually a German folk song.
Wolf’s 1888 composition, “Das verlassene Mägdlein” (“The Abandoned Maiden”), captures every nuance of Eduard Mörike’s poem, from the pre-dawn quiet and sense of melancholy to the aching grief of the soprano's melody that expresses the sorrow of a woman foresaken by a faithless lover.
“Zueignung” (“Dedication”), is a lied Strauss composed in 1885, setting to music a poem by the Austrian poet Hermann von Gilm.
Cox studies under Gregory Stuart at FSU. She has been on the Dean’s List and is a recipient of the Nadeane A. Gordon Scholarship. Cox anticipates graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree in music – vocal performance, with a minor in musical theatre. A graduate of Kent Island High School in Stevensville, Md., she is the daughter of Susan Kinnamon of Easton and Dan Cox of Trappe.
For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Friday, April 5 at 7:30pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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