Salon Series: Rob Tudor, baritone with Yu-Hsuan Liao, piano

On Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 8 pm, Shepherd University's new Music Chair and Director of Vocal Activities Dr. Rob Tudor will present a new voice recital to the community with distinguished pianist Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao. Dr. Tudor is very excited to share this music with the Shepherdstown community. He remarked, "The music community here is very sophisticated, so I've programmed a recital that features music of several cultures, is provocative, challenging, and deeply personal."

The program opens with songs by Italian composer, ethnomusicologist and music publisher Alberto Hemsi. The pieces are ambitiously pianistic, full of lush and technically challenging passages for the voice and piano. Hemsi became intensely interested in the traditional music of Sephardi Jewry starting in 1920, and collected, material around the eastern Mediterranean. These songs about royalty, love, and lust come from his Coplas sefardies, and are sung in a dialect of Spanish. The recital continues with three lieder by German composer Hans Pfitzner, a journey with a mad man in the song cycle Don Quichotte a Dulcinee by Maurice Ravel, and a collection of songs by American composer Ben Moore, a favorite of Rob's, centered around his introspective passage into middle-aged life. The recital will end with a collection of music theatre standards and newer songs that explore personal relationships. As with all of Rob's recitals, he will project photographs, sculpture, and paintings related to the poetry of the text.

"I am thrilled to be collaborating with Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao. She has a wide range of gifts and is a brilliant and sensitive artist. I have some beautiful photographs to share with the Hemsi selections. If the audience comes to the evening open to experiencing the joys of love and gains, the tragedy of loss, and the intensity of life voiced in poetry, and set to music and beautiful imagery, this is sure to be a great evening for them."

Admission is free; however, seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.