Music Salon Series to Feature Tudor and Robinson

On Thursday, January 23rd, baritones Rob Tudor and Bobb Robinson, guitarist Bill Feasley, and pianist Deborah Hollis will present a performance of diverse and provocative programing in the first Shepherd Music Salon Series concert of 2014, at 8:00 p.m. in the W.H. Shipley Recital Hall of the Frank Arts Center.

The evening will begin with selections by renowned 17th century composer and poet Bellerofonte Castaldi. Internationally acclaimed artist, Bill Feasley, will join Tudor in presenting sensitive and virtuosic selections by Castaldi for voice and theorbo. Bobb Robinson, together with pianist Deborah Hollis, will share a collection of songs, which he titled: Sharpsburg. Robinson has chosen pieces that in some way speak to him about the various, sometimes contradictory, emotions that permeate the beautiful landscape, changed little since the days of the Civil War, and remembered forever as the site that witnessed the most American bloodshed in a single day. The poetry and prose within, explores intimate depths of loss, redemption, and hope.

The program continues with selections for voice and guitar by one of the foremost Argentinian composers of the 20th century, Carlos Guastavino. His Popular Songs of Argentina feature dance rhythms, gaucho poetry, rich harmony and delightful melodies. Guastavino, who died in 2000, said of his music, "I love melody. I love to sing. I refuse to compose music only intended to be discovered and understood by future generations."

The concert concludes with pianist Deborah Hollis joining Tudor and Robinson to present the song cycle "Here and Gone" by American composer Jake Heggie. Featuring poetry by A.E. Housman and Vachel Lindsay, the cycle premiered August 6, 2005, at the Ravinia Festival. This sensitive and intense cycle explores the themes of returning home, lost love, and impermanence.

The Salon Series continues on February 25th with The Shepherd Three, made up of flutist Anne Munro, oboist Gregory Shook and bassoonist Richard Polonchak. The faculty wind trio are also members of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. Performing together since 2006, the ensemble plays mostly Baroque and Classical trios and occasionally Romantic and Contemporary duos and trios for winds. The group has two pieces written especially for them by Shepherd faculty members Mark Cook and Cam Millar. They are joined by Laura Renninger, Dean of Teaching and Learning, and Coordinator for Music History and Appreciation, on piano and harpsichord.

The final recital of the series on March 20th, brings in one of the most profound and monumental works of the twentieth century, the "Quartet for the End of Time" by French composer Olivier Messiaen, and much more. Featuring Shepherd music faculty David Drosinos on clarinet, Jeffry Newberger on violin, Stephen Czarkowski on cello, and Yu-Hsuan Liao on piano, the evening will take the listener on a journey that is sad, dark, sweet, hopeful, and eventually leads to transcendence.

The Shepherd University Music Salon Series concerts take place in the W.H. Shipley Recital Hall of the Frank Arts Center and begin at 8:00 p.m. Open to the public, admission is free. For more information call 304-876-5555.