August 29, 2017
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
ANNE JENNIFER NASH, assistant professor, voice, Music Department
AMY KELLY, College Communication and Media Relations director
CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS LIFE, WORK OF EMILY DICKINSON
Concordia College voice students and music department faculty member Dr. Anne Jennifer Nash, assistant professor of voice, will stage a concert that provides a glimpse into the life and work of poet Emily Dickinson. “SISTER – Show Me Eternity: Scenes of Sisterhood, Seclusion, and Strength” is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in Christiansen Recital Hall, Hvidsten Hall of Music. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert is a multimedia touring collaboration of faculty from Concordia, Skidmore College and the University of Nebraska-Kearney incorporating literature, guest artists, commissioned work and student performances.
The concert, conceived by Sylvia Stoner and directed by Elizabeth Margolius, alludes to biographical events and relationships in Dickinson's life and will be performed by Stoner, a soprano from Skidmore College portraying Emily Dickinson; soprano Anne Jennifer Nash, Concordia, as Dickinson’s younger sister, Lavinia; and mezzo-soprano Sharon Campbell, the University of Nebraska Kearney, portraying their sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert. Concordia’s assistant professor of music, Stephen Sulich, is the pianist.
The show includes performances by Concordia students Berit Johnson, soprano; Claire Bias, mezzo-soprano; Logan Barat, tenor; and Kenneth Hoversten, baritone. The student performers represent specific figures in the lives of Emily, Lavinia, and Susan, and form the ensemble.
“This concert was conceived with student involvement in mind,” says Nash. “The ensemble represents characters in the Dickinson family's life. Art songs by 16 different composers, including Aaron Copland and Libby Larson, are combined with pieces composed for this concert by Skidmore College composer Evan Mack to weave a thematic tapestry representing the poet's life, relationships and art.”
The concert also will be presented at the University of Minnesota Morris Sept. 7, and Bemidji State University Sept. 11, with student performers from the respective universities.