On hiatus for other creative activities!

23 05 2009

University of Minnesota graduate school graduation - May 9, 2009

A newly minted Doctor of Musical Arts

My poor neglected blog has been put on the back burner for a while, and will be for at least another week. During much of April and the early part of May, my time was taken up with writing and defending my doctoral thesis, entitled The Singer as Communicator. Any writer can tell you that every document takes on a life of its own, and this was certainly no exception! The document ended up being a more about the pedagogy of expressive singing rather than an the handbook I originally conceived. In any case, I’m pleased with the outcome, and I would be honored if you would care to read it and comment!

After my last post on the 6th (!), I had family in town for my graduation from the University of Minnesota. Then, I performed the wonderful Huit poemes de Jean Cocteau of Georges Auric for pianist Andrew Fleser’s doctoral lecture recital. The music is quite exciting, and we have discussed recording these songs in the fall, along with another set of songs in Dutch by Alphons Diepenbrock. Both sets are rarely performed despite being quite exquisite music. I’ll keep you posted!

Since then, I’ve been preparing for my summer in Logan, UT, where I’ll be performing with the Utah Festival Opera. I’ll be singing in the chorus of Carmen, I Pagliacci/Cavalleria Rusticana, The Mikado, and Camelot. I’ll also be covering (that’s opera-speak for understudying) the roles of Dancairo in Carmen and Lancelot in Camelot. I understand the summer season at Utah Festival is really wonderful, so I encourage you to take in a show if you’re in the neighborhood!

I’m not sure if I’ll have sufficient time or internet access to keep the blog all that active in the next few months. This blog does remain a priority, though, and should I be unable to maintain it over the summer, I will begin posting regularly in the fall.

Until then…
Dr. Hindemith 😛

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Recital announcement

29 04 2009

Working

My apologies for the dearth of posts lately. Instead of writing this blog, I have been finishing my doctoral thesis. I also made a trip to my hometown for my Goddaughter’s first communion, and more recently, interviewed for an interim professor position. With those things done, I will return to posting tomorrow.

In other news, I am preparing Georges Auric’s Huit poèmes de Jean Cocteau for an upcoming lecture recital. The poetry is DENSE, but the music takes it and runs with it. Characteristic of the works of Les Six, Auric’s songs are both meaningful and humorous. If you are in the Twin Cities, I cordially invite you to the performance!

“The Poetry of Jean Cocteau in Song”

Andrew Fleser, Lecturer and Pianist
with Paul Hindemith, Baritone and others

University of Minnesota
Ferguson Hall’s Ultan Recital Hall

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

7:30 PM