Mezzo-soprano Jamie Van Eyck, Assistant Professor of Voice at Baylor University, and baritone Chad Sloan, who recently joined the voice faculty at the University of Louisville, will sing vocal music of Hugo Wolf and Leonard Bernstein on Thursday, January 15, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. Accompanying them will be Baylor University faculty artists Jeffrey Peterson, Assistant Professor of Voice, and Bradley Bolen, Senior Lecturer in Piano.
Austrian composer Hugo Wolf wrote his Italienisches Liederbuch (“Italian Songbook”) toward the end of his short life, between 1891 and 1896. There are forty-six brief songs in all, of which this Baylor program will include twenty-eight. Songs in Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch are divided between male and female perspectives, so the cycle has built into it the variety of two singers, a mezzo-soprano and a baritone.
American composer Leonard Bernstein completed Arias and Barcarolles in 1988, but this cycle about love and marriage had existed in some form since 1955. Scored for voice and piano (four-hands), it is eclectic, exciting, jazzy, and Mahlerian, showing Bernstein in all his multi-faceted glory. Arias and Barcarolles was his last major work. The Baylor program will present six of the collection’s eight songs.
Guest artist Chad Sloan has sung with Kentucky Opera, Louisville Choral Arts Society, Dayton Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, Anchorage Opera, New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, and Tacoma Opera. Most recently, he was heard in recitals with Ensemble for the Romantic Century, as a soloist in Britten’s War Requiem with Lawrence University, as a soloist in the Juilliard School’s concert celebrating the life and work of Elliott Carter, and as Willy in Lee Hoiby’s This Is the Rill Speaking with Opera Memphis, and he was featured alongside eighth blackbird in University of Chicago’s CONTEMPO series.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.