The Mask of Night

September 30, 2017

The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present Lawren Hill in her Faculty Artist Series concert "The Mask of Night" on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. She will be joined by Joseph Yungen on the piano and Dane Palmer on the marimba. The recital is free and open to the public. Hill will perform "Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse" by Claude Debussy, "Sieben frhe Lieder" by Alban Berg, selections from Lee Hoiby's "Night Songs" and other selections by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Schwantner and Leonard Bernstein. In "Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse" (1882-1884), Debussy created a world of commedia dell'arte disguise, a mask of sophistication that half conceals deeper emotions. The commedia dell'arte was a semi-improvised type of Italian theatre, popular from the early 16th century into the 18th, which influenced the development of opera. "Sieben frhe Lieder," or "The Seven Early Songs" (1905-1908), are early compositions by Berg, written while he was under the tutelage of Arnold Schoenberg. They are an interesting synthesis combining Berg's heritage of pre-Schoenberg song writing with the rigor and undeniable influence of Schoenberg. The writing very much carries with it the heritage of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. Hoiby's immense contribution to the American song repertoire of the late 20th century is widely recognized, his style elegantly and convincingly bridging the lyrical worlds of Verdi and Gershwin, Schubert and Sondheim, and his songs speak with emotional immediacy. The interplay between the clear, eloquent beauty of his vocal lines and frequently virtuosic piano accompaniments marks him as a composer of distinction. Hill holds teaching positions at FSU and St. James Academy in Monkton, Md., and maintains a large private studio of voice and piano students. Recent performances include Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" and Fanny Wiggins in John Philip Sousa's "Chris and the Wonderful Lamp." She has also been a soloist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and performed with the enCanta Collective in New York City. Scene work includes "Le Nozze di Figaro," "Lakme" and "Carmen." Hill enjoys musical outreach, including serving as the music director for the Rural Artists Project in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and performing in Manhattan for children and the elderly. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 301-687-4109. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.