Department of Music Performs Abendmusik

Published: February 13, 2017 | Author: Ashley H Pollock | Read Time: 2 minutes

Department of MusicOn Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Southern Utah University’s Department of Music will present an Adjunct Faculty Recital titled Abendmusik. In German, abendmusik means “evening music”. This inaugural concert will be held in the Thorley Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Lawrence Johnson, Associate Professor of Music and organizer of this concert, said, “The event will prove to be an enjoyable evening of music performed by many of SUU's talented adjunct faculty, including Jackie Riddle Jackson - soprano, Shannon Birch - soprano, Mary Anne Andersen - piano, LeGrand Andersen - piano, Roland Stearns - guitar, Adrienne Read - flute, Michelle Lambert - trombone, and Kara Barney - soprano. Be sure to reserve the date for this special premiere!"

This evening of music will involve other performers including faculty members from SUU’s Department of Music. Dr. Lawrence Johnson - tenor, and Dr. Steven Meredith - bass-baritone will assist in a set of vocal quartets, duets, and solos accompanied by piano duet, and a guest artist, Tracy Carr - oboe, to assist in a duet with oboe and guitar.

Michelle Lambert said, “This is my fourth year teaching at SUU. I taught at Chadron State College in Nebraska before coming here. I'll be playing Hymn for the Lost and the Living by Eric Ewazen. It was written to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. It combines a reflective, mournful melody with moments of hope and optimism. I think community members will enjoy coming to a concert that features a wide variety of musical influences and genres.”

Kara Barney has been teaching at SUU since 2015. She said, “Each piece has its own individual character and flair. I have chosen a piece that I’ve never performed but I absolutely love.” Her process of rehearsing includes, “really internalizing the complexities of any contemporary classical piece of music. I have to discover the character who is singing the role; who is she, why is she saying the things she is saying, what is the underlying message? And above all, how do the voice and the accompaniment interplay?”

Join the Department of Music for their inaugural Abendmusik: An Adjunct Faculty Recital. It will truly be an evening of music that you won’t want to miss. For more information, please visit

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