CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 7, 2013 – Christopher Goeke, tenor, will present a voice recital entitled “Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
Matt Yount, piano, Gabrielle Baffoni, clarinet, and Paul Kipper, accordion, will provide accompaniment.
“This is a thought provoking title, to be sure. But let me say right off the bat – this recital is not about guns or gun control,” Goeke said.
Goeke said the title of the recital is taken from six songs written by Tom Cipullo (2000) based on poems by American Poet Laureate Billy Collins.
The songs are “the centerpiece of the recital, they are not about guns at all, but rather, emotions or situations that get under your skin,” Goeke said.
Funny and poignant, songs included in the set are such titles as “Desire,” “Embrace,” “Cancer,” “Flames,” “Putting down the Cat” and the title song, “Another Reason Why I don’t Keep a Gun in the House.”
Collins has been hailed as “the most popular poet in America” by New York Times writer, Bruce Weber. The Poetry Foundation includes the following in their website: “Billy Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday . . .” There will be several other composers represented on the program including an aria by Handel, several songs from Schubert’s song cycle “Die Winterreise” and a selection from Stravisky’s “The Rakes Progress.” The program will conclude with three songs by Schubert, Weill and Satie arranged for voice, clarinet and accordion. All songs on the program can be connected in some way to the central theme.
The program will last about an hour. Tickets
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, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.