Faculty Members Presenting Voice Recital


by News Bureau on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 16, 2012 – Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music faculty members Leslie Jones, contralto, and Matt Yount, piano, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. March 1 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

On the program are works by Barbara Strozzi, “Vier ernste Gesänge (Four Serious Songs)” by Johannes Brahms, “Quatre chants pour voix et piano” by Lili Boulanger, songs by Samuel Barber and “What a Movie!” from “Trouble in Tahiti” by Leonard Bernstein.

Strozzi was an early Baroque-era Italian composer and performer who was well-known in her day, which was rare for a female musician in that time. The “Vier ernste Gesänge” are based on Biblical texts from Ecclesiastes and I Corinthians. Boulanger was the younger sister of the renowned composer and teacher of composers in the early 20th century, Nadia Boulanger. Before her death at the age of 24, she composed a number of works in many vocal and instrumental genres. Barber was an American composer of vocal, orchestral and piano music, which is notable for both its emotion and its humor. Bernstein was an American composer, conductor and pianist; as is typical of Bernstein, his early one-act opera, “Trouble in Tahiti,” blends classical and popular elements with a dose of satire.

Jones is an associate professor of music at Southeast who specializes in music for low women’s voices. She co-directs the Opera Workshop and teaches studio voice, diction and music appreciation.

Tickets are on sale now.

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.