Goeke to Perform Faculty Recital

by News Bureau on Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 20, 2011 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music presents Christopher Goeke, tenor, with John Shelton, piano, Sept. 25 as a featured performer in the Guest Artist and Faculty Recitals series for the 2011-2012 River Campus season.

The recital is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus.

Goeke and Shelton have performed together many times over the last two decades and will team up again for this interesting and eclectic program featuring works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Benjamin Britten and Charles Gounod.

“This program showcases great compositions from four distinct genres. Shuck Recital Hall is a perfect venue to present beautiful piano/vocal literature; we are excited to be able to perform there again,” Goeke said.

The program will begin with the German art songs by Beethoven, which capture the musical beauty and formal balance of the Romantic period. The literary ideas articulated in these songs range from romantic to spiritual to humorous. The songs by Wolf-Ferrari follow the tradition of popular Italian vocal writing of the late 19th century and are melodic and emotional in expression.

The second half of the recital will open with “Winter Words” by Britten. This set of eight songs based on poems by Thomas Hardy reflects upon common themes in Britten’s work: nature, the innocence of youth and the decay of this purity with age and the passion of time. The music is modern and melodic and captures the visual elements of poetry. Britten is recognized as one of the most influential, innovative and accessible composers of the 20th century. The program will end with a selection from Gounod’s opera, “Roméo et Juliette” and “Ah, lève-toi soleil!”

Goeke is a professor of music and chair of the Department of Music at Southeast. He holds both a Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal performance and pedagogy and Master of Music in vocal performance degrees from the University of Iowa. Goeke teaches in the voice area and continues to pursue operatic interests by conducting, directing and serving as technical coordinator for full operatic productions at Southeast. He is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Missouri Music Educators Association and the National Association of Schools of Music.

Goeke’s performance résumé includes engagements with the Central City Opera in Colorado, the State Repertory Opera of New Jersey, Westchester Opera in New York, the Light Opera of Manhattan, Santa Fe Desert Choral, Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Bach Society of St. Louis. Some of his operatic roles include Almaviva in “Il Barbieri di Siviglia,” Tamino in “The Magic Flute,” and Alfred and Einstein in “Die Fledermaus.” He has been featured as tenor soloist for Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio,” “Magnificat,” “The St. John Passion,” “The Messiah” by Handel and “The Creation” by Haydn. Goeke is an active recitalist and has presented a wide range of literature, including lute songs, traditional arts songs and song cycles in German, French, Italian and English, and contemporary literature, including many works by Britten and popular Broadway stage songs.

Shelton is a professor emeritus of music at Southeast. He holds Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music degrees from Murray State University in Kentucky and a Master of Music in piano from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He also holds a doctorate from George Peabody College of Teachers in Nashville, Tenn. Shelton has taken post-doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina, Oberlin Conservatory and Texas Christian University. He taught for 36 years at Southeast in the music education area as well as studio piano and related literature and pedagogy courses. He started the Choral Union, which has been giving two concerts a year with the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra for many years, and was the music director at Centenary Methodist Church for 25 years. He was a frequent recital accompanist and ensemble pianist. In retirement, he continues to be a recitalist and accompanist.

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Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at all MetroTix outlets, online at MetroTix.com keyword, “Goeke,” or by calling toll-free (800) 293-5949.