APPALACHIAN SONGBOOK

Wednesday, August 1, 7:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE EVENT


For over three decades, composer Kenneth Frazelle has explored the balladry, bird song, and wildflowers of his beloved Blue Ridge Mountains. The versatile soprano Jodi Burns will join the composer/pianist in selections from his Appalachian Songbooks, Wildflowers, and Lullabies and Bird Songs.

TICKETS


$24 General Admission
$8 Students
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LOCATION


Shirley Recital Hall, Salem College Fine Arts Center

Sr4326, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Parking: Large parking lot is located in front of the Fine Arts Center.

 

ARTIST BIOS


 

Kenneth Frazelle

Composer Kenneth Frazelle’s music has been commissioned and performed by numerous prominent artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Kahane, Dawn Upshaw, Anthony Dean Griffey, Emmanuel Ax, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ransom Wilson, Paula Robison, John Adams, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Jan DeGaetani and Gilbert Kalish. He has received commissions from Music@Menlo, the Ravinia Festival and the Spoleto Festival. Frazelle first received international acclaim with his score for Still/Here, a multimedia dance theater work for the Bill T.Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. Frazelle has received awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy in Rome, and Columbia University, and he was the winner of the 2001 Barlow Prize, the international competition administered through Brigham Young University. He has held residencies with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Frazelle was a pupil of Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with Robert Ward. His music is published by Subito Music Corporation.

Jodi Burns

Jodi Burns has been described as singing with a “plush voice and rich expressivity”(The New York Times). In her recent appearance the Southeastern premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night,The Winston-Salem Journal noted, “Burns dazzled with her lustrous soprano and bright charisma. The production is elevated whenever she appears on stage." Whether performing in intimate venues or on the opera stage, she appeals to a rich and diverse audience.

Roles include, Anna, (Silent Night, Piedmont Opera), Ann Trulove (The Rake's Progress) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with The Princeton Festival, Micaela (Carmen), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Barbarina (The Marriage of Figaro), the Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), and Ida (Die Fledermaus) with Piedmont Opera and conductor Jamie Allbritten, and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Mary Turner (Carolina Chamber Symphony Player’s, Of Thee I Sing, Gershwin). At the Fletcher Opera Institute she gave commanding performances as Maria (Maria Stuarda), Adina (L'Elisir d'Amore), Rose (Street Scene), and Flaminia (Il Mondo della Luna, Haydn).

Jodi sings frequently with the Winston-Salem Symphony, under the baton of Robert Moody. She recently performed her own compositions along with her band Judy Barnes with The Piedmont Wind Symphony. She also had the pleasure of singing with Ben Folds at his 2015 “Home for the Holidays” Concert at LJVM Coliseum, also with The Piedmont Wind Symphony.

Jodi toured with The North Carolina Symphony performing Beethoven and Mozart, and has performed with them any times over, singing Handel's Messiah, and Mozart arias and masses conducted by Grant Llewellyn. She performed with the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony (Poulenc Gloria, Vaughan Williams Benedicite) and with the UNCSA Symphony (Mahler, Symphony No. 2) conducted by John Mauceri.

Jodi was a semi-finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Competition and sang on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House.

Jodi was a fellow at The Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she received a Masters of Music and studied with Marilyn Taylor. She holds BME from The Ohio State University.

PROGRAM


I

Charmin’ Birdy
East Virginny
Groundhog
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
Single Again

II  (from Lullabies and Birdsongs)

Hushaby
Scarlet Tanager
Mourning Dove
Indigo Bunting
Serenade (Wood Thrush)

III  Naomi Wise

-INTERMISSION-

IV  Wondrous Love

V  (from Wildflowers)

Birdfoot Violet
Flame Azalea
Fire Pink
Lobelia
Viper’s Bugloss

VI

Green Warehouse*
Kudzu*
Bonnie Blue Eyes
Sally Ann
Billy Boy

 

All vocal selections are from Appalachian Songbooks I and II, unless otherwise noted.
*From Songs in the Rear View Mirror
Texts are traditional, arranged by Rick Mashburn, Nina Shaw, Leinster Farrior, and Kenneth Frazelle.