Published DatePLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will host a faculty recital at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 10, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts on the Plymouth State University Campus. There is no charge for admission.
Adjunct faculty Emily Jaworski, mezzo soprano and Eric Christopher Perry, tenor, will collaborate with pianist and Professor of Music Dan Perkins on a program of music by American composers.
Jaworski is establishing a reputation for excellence in performances across New England. She is a passionate advocate of art songs and her love of research, dedication to musical details and commitment to text lead to unique and captivating programs. She was recently seen as Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Idamante in Idomeneo and Aloes in Chabrier's L'Etoile. She earned a Master of Music degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in music from Susquehanna University.
Jaworski will sing selections from Aaron Copland's "Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson," and "Two Love Songs" by Leonard Bernstein. The latter are English Translations of the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke entitled, "Extinguish My Eyes" and "When My Soul Touches Yours."
Perry is consistently recognized for his thoughtful expression of words and effortless coloratura singing. He is highly active in oratorio, concert and bel canto operatic performance and was recently reviewed as "exuberant" and "sweetly sung" for his Boston solo debut of Bach's "Mass in b minor" at historic Old South Church.
He made his professional singing debut at the Fredonia Bach and Beyond Festival, singing Monteverdi's virtuosi duet Zefiro torna under the baton of Grant Cooper. In 2012 he made his first appearances with Boston Baroque under Martin Pearlman and Emmanuel Music's Bach cantata series under Ryan Turner. He is a regular soloist and chorister at Trinity Episcopal in Copley Square in the city of Boston, under the direction of Richard Webster.
Perry will perform a song cycle, "Songs on Poems of Frank O'Hara" by Christopher Berg. He says the cycle's text was "penned by the great poet of the New York School in the middle of the 20th century." These poems are evocative of New York's day-to-day characteristics. "The observant artist's words are eloquently matched with Berg's exciting and expansive piano parts," Perry says.
Jaworski and Perry will also perform a selection of duets and solos from the musicals of Stephen Sondheim. Highlighted shows will include Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and Follies.
Dan Perkins is professor of music and director of choral activities at Plymouth State University. He holds the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from the University of Southern California, with secondary emphasis in collaborative piano; and Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Brigham Young University. He is music director and founder of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, and music director of the Manchester Choral Society. He is active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad.
Free tickets for the faculty recital are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.
Emily Jaworski, mezzo soprano (Courtesy photo)