Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Among FSU Tenor/Piano Duo's Music Will be Iraq Soldier's Poetry, 1/24/2016

Chuck Chandler
Tenor Chuck Chandler will perform with pianist Tim Hoekman on Jan. 24, 2016 at Goodwin Hall. Chandler is on faculty at Florida State University as is Hoekman. Everything you need to know, including how to get advance tickets, is at this link: http://www.cla.auburn.edu/music/calendar-event/?calendar_Id=6832.

If I get more info, I'll post it here.

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I got more. Below is from Dr. Chandler (emphasis added to tempt your eyes to read more). There will be lots of new music! -Patrick

Our recital of living American composers features as its first cycle of songs, Serenade written by Timothy Hoekman who is also playing the recital! The songs in Serenade are contrasting and rich, with both light-hearted and somber moments.

Songs of the Poet is a cycle of songs written by New York based composer, Norman Mathews. All poems by Walt Whitman, this cycle is esoteric and dramatic, and expresses themes common to Whitman's writing including unreturned love, music in nature, the human soul, and despair.

Following intermission, selections from a very new set of songs entitled, Here, Bullet will be performed. These pieces are musical settings by Reginald Unterseher of poems written by US soldier and writer, Brian Turner. Turner's poetry is a brilliant juxtaposition of the beauty of poetic form and sound with sometimes horrific subject matter. The poems were written during Turner's one year tour of duty in Iraq and are based on and inspired by those experiences. Both the music and the texts are exciting and moving.

The program ends with a few pieces that are especially beautiful and more in the standard literature. A Ricky Ian Gordon aria, an American folk song, and Richard Hundley's "Come Ready and See Me" should all be crowd pleasers!

We hope you will share your evening with us as we perform music by these living American composers.

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