Cameron University piano students will present “Soirée VIII: Schubertiad,” an all-Schubert program, on Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. They will be joined by four vocal majors. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior/military/non-Cameron students. CU students, faculty and staff are admitted free with CU I.D.
Students scheduled to perform are pianists Brittany Dabbs, Diana Kirby and Amy Morales, Lawton; and vocalists Gabe Caron, Altus; Haleigh Adams, Lorenzo Butler and Natasha Scharfenberg, Lawton.
The annual soirée, now in its eighth year, is presented by piano students who are enrolled in Accompanying Class taught by Dr. Hyunsoon Whang, professor and McMahon Endowed Chair in Music.
“Brittany, Amy and Diana have each shown exceptional dedication and leadership preparing for the Soirée,” says Whang. “I could not be more pleased with their development as pianists, musicians and collaborators.”
“What I really enjoy about the soirée each year is the opportunity to collaborate with my fellow students on a piece of music,” says Morales, a junior piano performance major. “We work hard to truly understand the piece and the composer that we may be able to perform the piece masterfully.”
“This type of concert gives our students invaluable ensemble experience as well as the opportunity to highlight the talents of Cameron University music students,” says Whang. “Not only do they further develop ensemble skills necessary for musicianship but also they bond though working together.”
A Schubertiad was an intimate gathering of musicians and patrons in private homes where music of Franz Schubert was performed during his lifetime. The tradition continued and these days, Schubertiads usually mean concerts devoted to Schubert’s music. Schubert is one of the most beloved composers from the early romantic era who wrote symphonies, chamber music, and piano works. He is most celebrated and unequalled as a Lieder (German songs with piano accompaniment) composer, writing more than 600 Lieder. Eight of them will be performed during the concert.
April 5, 2017