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DATE: November 14, 2012 9:42:56 AM PST
WWU Music Faculty Present 'Words of Women in Song II' Nov. 30

Contact: KT Weld, Western Washington University instructor of Music, (425) 241-4564 or ktweld@comcast.net

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University Department of Music faculty members will present “Words of Women in Song II” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. 

Kathryn Weld, mezzo-soprano, and Jay Rozendaal, piano, walong with floutist Lisa McCarthy, will perform in “Words of Women in Song II” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 in Western's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

The concert will feature Kathryn Weld, mezzo-soprano; Jay Rozendaal, piano; and Lisa McCarthy, flute. 

The performance is free and open to the public.

A celebration of the written word and song, the program will showcase three great women writers to the music of three great composers.  The beloved American poet Emily Dickinson will be honored in “12 Songs of Emily Dickinson” by Aaron Copland; “Metamorphoses” and “Fiancailles pour rire” by Francis Poulenc will feature poetry by the French actress, poet, and rebel Louise de Vilmorin; and the words of human rights activist and Roman Catholic nun Sr. Helen Prejean will be set to music by Jake Heggie in the song cycle entitled “The Deepest Desire.

Audience members will experience a wide range of emotion through the evening’s program. Heggie’s work masterfully portrays the spiritual journey of Sr. Prejean by interweaving the flute, voice, and piano into a holy trio.  Poulenc’s music, influenced by the popular sounds of the Parisian cabaret, is alternately melancholy, capricious, and sensuous.  The twelve Copland songs, which make up the second half of the recital, provide a stunning combination of beautifully complex music by this beloved American composer. His music takes us even deeper into the inspired musings on nature and mortality from one of our most influential and eclectic female poets.

For more details on “Words of Women in Song II” or other WWU Music events, please call the Department of Music at (360) 650-3130 or visit www.wwu.edu/music.

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