Recital Featuring Combination of American, British Music

by News Bureau on Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 13, 2012 – Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music faculty members Timothy Schmidt, bass-baritone, and Matt Yount, piano, will present a recital of American and British music at 3 p.m. March 25, in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

On the program are “Five Lewis Carol Poems” by John Duke, which include a setting of the famous “Jabberwocky,” and Gerald Finzi’s “Let Us Garlands Bring,” which is a set of five well-known Shakespeare sonnets. Also to be performed are four songs drawn from a beautiful and powerful larger work called “The AIDS Quilt Songbook,” and an aria from a new setting of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” composed by Nancy Van de Vate. The recital will conclude with a humorous song by Ben Moore, called “I’m Glad I’m Not a Tenor.”

This is Schmidt’s fourth year teaching at Southeast, and this will be his second solo faculty recital here. He has also been heard several times as a soloist with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, and in leading roles in Southeast’s opera productions of “Le Nozze di Figaro” and “Così fan tutte.” He says he is especially excited about presenting the aria from “Hamlet” on this recital, as he was part of a world-premiere audio recording of the work last August. The commercial CD will soon be released on the Vienna Modern Masters label.

Tickets are on sale now.

The recital is open to the public. 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., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.