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September 2005

Release Date: September 6, 2005

New ASU Dean to Present Voice Recital

Dr. Kevin Lambert, the new dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and professor of music at Angelo State University, will sing tunes for a variety of tastes during a voice recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the ASU Auditorium.

Lambert, who assumed the duties of dean in June, came to ASU from the University of Tennessee at Martin where he served as Chair of the Department of Music. His recital, open free to the public, will offer selections representing the works of Leonard Bernstein, Romantic composer Robert Schumann, American composer Charles Griffes, Puccini and Broadway show tunes.

Performing with Lambert will be pianist Allison Nelson. A child prodigy in her native Australia, Dr. Nelson was invited to study at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia by Eugene Ormandy after he conducted her in two performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. After studying at Curtis with Serkin and Horszowski, Nelson established an international career as a duo-pianist. She served for 20 years as artist-in-residence at UT-Martin, where she is professor emerita of music.

After opening with "Simple Song" from Bernstein's Mass, Lambert will present Schumann's well-known song cycle Dichterliebe, or Poet's Love, which is a set of 16 songs sung without a break. A highlight of the work is the equal status of the singer and the pianist, with the music shared equally between the two performers.

After the intermission Lambert will sing a set of songs by Griffes. Three Poems of Fiona McCloud is set to dramatic, mystical poems by the Scottish poet William Sharp. Following the Griffes pieces Lambert will be joined by three members of the ASU music faculty for duets. Dr. Scott Raines, assistant professor of voice, will join Dr. Lambert for the duet "Lily's Eyes" from the Broadway musical The Secret Garden. Professor emeritus of music Dr. Eldon Black will then join Lambert in the delightful duet "Long Live Song." Dr. Black is well known locally for his 40-year ASU teaching career and his numerous singing performances in the community.

The third and final duet will be "Hello, Little Girl" from the Broadway show Into the Woods. In this duet, the Big Bad Wolf meets Little Red Ridinghood and talks about what a wonderful meal she will make! The newest member of the ASU voice faculty, Kate Carr, will sing the part of Little Red Ridinghood. Carr joined the faculty in August as lecturer in the Department of Art and Music.