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UW-Eau Claire Summer Sounds Series to Feature Vocal Music Faculty

RELEASED: July 11, 2008

EAU CLAIRE —The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Summer Sounds series continues with a recital at 2 p.m. July 27 in Phillips Recital Hall in the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The fifth recital of the series will feature UW-Eau Claire voice faculty members Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour, Dr. Jessica Riley, Dr. Robert Knight and Dr. Mark Mowry; they will be accompanied by UW-Eau Claire piano faculty member Dr. Nicholas Phillips and 2008 UW-Eau Claire graduate Matthew Lichtenwald.

The all-English-language program will include settings of Shakespeare texts by British composer Gerald Finzi ("Let Us Garlands Bring") and German composer Erich Korngold. Also to be performed are several collections of songs, including Roberto Sierra's "Beyond the Silence of Sorrow" (to poetry by Native American N. Scott Momaday), John Musto's "Shadow of the Blues" (poetry by Langston Hughes), Minneapolis-based composer Libby Larsen's "Margaret Songs" (texts by Willa Cather), and selections from Benjamin Britten's "The Holy Sonnets of John Donne." Songs by Frank Bridge and folk song settings by Britten round out the planned repertoire.

Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour
Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour
(Photo by Rick Stockwell)

Sadeghpour (soprano) is an associate professor of music and theatre arts at UW-Eau Claire, where she teaches applied voice, directs the opera program and is coordinator of the voice and choral area. An active performer — in concert, recital and on stage — and scholar, she recently stage directed the operas "Dido and Aeneas," "The Merry Widow," "Suor Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi." She holds bachelor's degrees from Luther College in music and theatre and master's and doctorate of music degrees from Indiana University, where her dissertation examined the English songs of French composer Charles Gounod.

Dr. Jessica Riley
Dr. Jessica Riley
(Photo by Tom Stio)

Originally from Canada, mezzo-soprano Riley completed her doctoral degree in vocal performance at Indiana University, with minor field concentrations in stage direction and music education. Prior to her appointment at UW-Eau Claire, Riley taught at Western Washington University and Indiana State University. Riley has performed with Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Sarasota Opera Association, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Music Festival, the Seattle Peace Chorus, the Blooomington Early Music Festival, the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and Indiana University's Opera Theater. Recent recitals include a program of love songs for the Women's Musical Club of Winnipeg with pianist Kimberly Carballo and a faculty recital of all French songs with pianist Phillips.

Dr. Mark Mowry

Dr. Mark Mowry
(Photo by Ed Moss)

Mowry (tenor), lecturer in music and theatre arts, is an active soloist in opera, concert and recital repertoire both in Wisconsin and throughout the country. Mowry holds a bachelor's degree from Luther College, a master's degree from Northwestern University and a doctorate from Indiana University. He has studied voice with Virginia Zeani, James King, James McDonald and Elizabeth Mannion; his performances have been under the direction of or in collaboration with noted musical figures including Pierre Boulez, Daniel Reuss, Graham Johnson and Roger Vignoles.

Dr. Robert Knight
Dr. Robert Knight
(Photo by UW-Eau Claire LTS)

Knight (baritone) joined the faculty of UW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts in 1988 and was appointed chair of the department in 2005. In addition to his teaching, Knight has served as stage or music director for 32 productions at UW-Eau Claire and, in 1993, started Opera on Wheels, which provided opera outreach to over 35,000 elementary students during his tenure as director. As a performer, Knight has appeared in leading roles in more than 30 opera and musical theatre productions throughout the Midwest and regularly presents recitals on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Dr. Nicholas Phillips
Dr. Nicholas Phillips
(Photo by UW-Eau Claire LTS)

Active as a soloist, collaborative artist and teacher, Phillips is assistant professor of piano at UW-Eau Claire. Known for his innovative recital programming and engaging lecture-recitals, Phillips has a special interest in introducing and reviving works and composers outside the mainstream repertoire. A native of Indiana, Phillips began formal piano lessons at Indiana University at the age of 10. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied with internationally renowned pianists and pedagogues including Karen Taylor, Paul Barnes, Karen Shaw and Robert Weirich.

Lichtenwald recently graduated from UW-Eau Claire, where he majored in piano performance under the guidance of Dr. Donald Patterson. In addition to his schoolwork over the years, he has also devoted time to teaching beginning piano to young students and to accompanying in voice studios and for multiple recitals. This fall, he plans to attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth to continue studying piano.

Summer Sounds, presented by UW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts, is a series of seven solo and chamber music recitals featuring weekly Sunday afternoon performances of music for winds, voice, guitar and piano. The series provides an opportunity for Eau Claire audiences to hear quality classical music in the summertime and to interact with musicians from the faculty and community. The atmosphere is casual and informal.

The sixth Summer Sounds concert will be a guitar recital by Jeffrey Jaworski at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 in Phillips Recital Hall in the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Summer Sounds concerts are free and open to all.

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