Guest Artist to Perform Early Music Concert for Countertenor, Lutes with Southeast Faculty Member

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 25, 2006 — Guest artist Jay Carter will join Southeast Missouri State University faculty member Jeffrey Noonan to present a free concert of English music for countertenor and lutes at 3 p.m. Feb. 5 in Christ Episcopal Church, 101 N. Fountain Street.

The concert will feature secular and sacred music of Henry Purcell, including his famous “Music for a While.”  The duo will also perform Elizabethan lute songs by John Dowland and two seldom-heard Tudor theatre songs by Robert Parsons. 

Carter, who is quickly gaining recognition as one of the nation’s finest countertenors, is regularly lauded for his luminous tone and stylish interpretations, especially in the music of Handel, Bach and Purcell. Originally trained as a tenor with Arnold Epley at William Jewell College, he has championed the countertenor repertoire in recent seasons.  Carter became the first of his voice type to appear with the Independence Messiah Choir in its distinguished four-generation history under the baton of conductor Simon Carrington.  He later reprised that role with the same ensemble under Sir Philip Ledger.  Equally at home in the modern recital repertoire, Carter has garnered acclaim and recognition for his recitals of modern classics typically outside the standard countertenor repertory by composers such as Quilter, Britten, and Hahn. 

Trained as a classical guitarist, Noonan has been playing early plucked instruments for more than 25 years. He performs regularly on Renaissance lutes, baroque guitar, and theorbo with Early Music St. Louis, the Kingsbury Ensemble, and Collegium Vocale St. Louis and has appeared as a guest artist with Louisville’s Ars Femina.  In addition to working in small ensembles, Noonan has performed in baroque orchestras playing operas by Purcell, Handel and Monterverdi; Bach “Passions;” and other large works by Lully, Rameau and Charpentier.  He is an assistant professor of music at Southeast Missouri State University, where he teaches music history and literature and directs the classical guitar program.  He also serves as adjunct faculty in the Music Department at Washington University in St. Louis, teaching lute and the occasional course in American music.

For more information, call (573) 651-2141 for any additional information.