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Winthrop music professors give song recital at CCU

February 2, 2010

Soprano Kristen Wunderlich and pianist Matthew Manwarren of the Winthrop University music faculty will visit Coastal Carolina University to give a recital of songs that highlight the union of poetry and music. The event is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 in the Recital Hall located in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. General admission is $3 and children 10 and under are admitted free.

The program will open with Three Songs Without Words by Felix Mendelssohn and the Wesendonk Lieder by Richard Wagner, two song cycles that represent a high point in the development of 19th-century German lieder. The lieder, or art song, is a composition for voice and piano that combines music and poetry on a single narrative theme, usually romantic or pastoral in mood.

The second half of the program will be devoted to a selection of 20th-century American music that showcases the versatility and variety of the American art song. These include Earl Wilds Etude No. 4, based on George Gershwins Embraceable You, as well as pieces by Charles Ives and Samuel Barber.

Wunderlich has been active on stage in both oratorio and opera. She has been a featured soloist with the Orchestra of New Spain, the Helios Ensemble, the Texas Choral Artists and the Williamsport Civic Orchestra. Operatic roles include the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Charlotte in Werther. She currently teaches voice and vocal pedagogy at Winthrop University.

Manwarren is in constant demand as a performer, teacher, master class presenter and adjudicator. He was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Grant in 2006 to serve as artist-in-residence at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He serves as professor of piano at Winthrop and in the summers is on the faulty of the Adamant Music School in Vermont, a prestigious program for advanced-level pianists from throughout the world.

For tickets and information call the Wheelwright Box Office from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 843-349-2502.