LAWRENCE – Two performances featuring the world-class talents of faculty and visiting artists will kick-off the KU School of Music’s Fall 2018 Recital Series. One will celebrate Hispanic composers and the other legendary composer Leonard Bernstein.
On Friday, Aug. 24, Genaro Méndez, tenor, will join visiting artist Julio A. Muñoz, piano, to perform works by Spanish, Mexican and Argentinian composers. The recital is at 7:30 p.m. in Swarthout Recital Hall. Méndez is an associate professor of voice at KU and Muñoz is the director of the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid. The two have collaborated in the Ars Vocalis Mexico International Festival and with the International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music (FIMEL) in Lawrence. The recital is sponsored by the generous support of Reach Out Kansas, Inc.
On Saturday, Aug. 25, the School of Music will celebrate the 100th birthday of the great 20th century composer Leonard Bernstein in a concert hosted by Paul Laird, esteemed Bernstein scholar and musicology professor, and accompanied by pianist Ellen Sommer. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Swarthout Recital Hall.
Faculty, graduate students and visiting artists will perform some of Bernstein’s best-known works. From "West Side Story," Méndez will sing “Maria,” and Roberta Gumble, soprano, will perform “I Feel Pretty." From "Wonderful Town," Julia Broxholm, soprano, will perform “A Little Bit in Love,” and Joyce Castle, mezzo-soprano, will sing “One Hundred Easy Ways." John Stephens, baritone, will perform “Dear Boy,” from “Candide.” The trio of Neal Long, tenor; Joy Laird, flute; and Paul Laird, cello; will perform “A Simple Song,” from “Mass.”
The concert also will include a few of Bernstein’s instrumental works with solo performances by Paul Stevens, horn; Guangyu Dong, trumpet; Scott Watson, tuba; Justin Harbaugh, clarinet; and Malcolm Liu, piano. For the finale, the entire KU Voice and Opera faculty will sing “Some Other Time,” from “On the Town.”
During the school year, the KU School of Music hosts one or more recitals in Swarthout Recital Hall nearly every day. This semester promises to bring in acclaimed visiting artists from around the world as well as feature the talents of KU music faculty, students and small group ensembles. All concerts in Swarthout are free and opened to the public. A full list can be found at music.ku.edu/events. For more information call 785-864-3436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.