Clarke Faculty Member to Present Vocal Recital, Jan. 19

posted on January 12, 2009

The Clarke College Music Department will host a faculty recital by LaDonna Manternach, BVM, Ph.D., chair and assistant professor of music, on Monday, January 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The recital will include five song cycles, all written by contemporary composers of art music.

“Five Emily Dickinson Songs for Voice and Piano, Op. 6” by Roy B. Hinkle features Dickinson poems are about God, love, and nature. The poems are “The Moon Is Distant,” “Indian Summer,” “A Service of Song,” “The Daisy Follows Soft the Sun,” and “Proof.” Each song has a sacramental element based on an experience in nature. The composer, Hinkle, is a professor emeritus from Albright College in Reading, Penn.

In “Soul and Fire” by Jeffrey Hoover, the composer set the poems by a 12th century Persian poet using tonalities from the music of ancient Persia. They focus on the “power that love possesses, and the ability of love to effect how we see the world.” Hoover, teaches music at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Ill.

“Three Wedding Songs,” was written by Richard DeLong in 1993 based on commonly known scripture texts from the Old Testament.

Two song cycles are composed by Amy Dunker, DMA, Clarke associate professor of music, based on the poetry of Jane McDonnell, BVM. One set, “Songs of Love and War,” highlights the inhumanity of war and the feelings engendered from watching scenes of war on television. The four poems were written between 1987 and 2007. Dunker skillfully sets them to music in 2007. The second set of McDonnell’s poetry is lighter in scope, delighting in the sights and sounds of summer in Iowa. “Songs of Summer” were set to music by Dunker in 2008 especially for the jubilee celebration of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) Congregation.

Beverly Nichols, adjunct instructor of music at Clarke, will accompany Manternach and David Resnick, instructor of music, on clarinet, and Lisa Bost-Sandberg, adjunct instructor of music, on flute, will be featured instrumentalists. Alliance Publications, Inc. of Sinsinawa, Wis., publishes the works of Dunker and Hinkle.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.


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