CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 30, 2005 ᾰ Christopher Goeke, tenor and professor of voice and opera at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a recital of Art Song featuring a variety of styles and languages Sept. 8 in St. Mark Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau.
Goeke will be assisted by other faculty and staff from Southeast’s Department of Music, including Matt Yount, piano; Jeff Noonan, lute; and Lori Shaffer, soprano.
The recital will be presented at 8 p.m. in the church at 1900 Cape LaCroix Road.
The program will begin with a set of songs by John Dowland, one of the most prolific and innovative lutenists of the late Renaissance. These pieces reflect the delicate and sometimes pointed romantic sentiments of the period.
While Dowland is often associated with the sorrowful, this set shows a wide range of emotional and musical expression.
Following will be three delightful and dramatically sensitive songs by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which show him at his creative best. Mozart’s musical innovation in art song predates that of Franz Schubert who is considered to be the “grandfather” of German art song.
The recital will continue with a cycle of songs entitled “The Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo” by Benjamin Britten. It is a striking piece of work seldom heard in the United States.
The evening will close with “The Watch Duet” from “Die Fledermaus,” by Johann Strauss. The duet will feature soprano Lori Schaffer and is a delightfully playful piece which highlights the quintessential Strauss.
The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.