The Northern State University Department of Music faculty will present its annual recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Johnson Fine Arts Center.
Included in the recital will be vocalists Darci Bultema, Michael Skyles, Timothy Woods and Wendy Van Gent.
The event is one of our most popular each fall said music department chairman Boyd Perkins. The music is highly varied, from classical to Broadway to jazz, and features the artistic talents of NSU's world class music professors. Audiences always enjoy hearing music from such a varied background and instrumentation on the same program.
Bultema, a soprano, will perform Donde lieta from La bohme, by Giacomo Puccini, as well as the duet All I Ask of You by Andrew Lloyd Webber from The Phantom of the Opera, with Skyles, a baritone. They will be accompanied by pianist William Wieland.
Woods, a tenor, is performing Simple Song from Mass by Leonard Bernstein, accompanied by Allan Jacobson. Van Gent, NSU's newest music faculty member and a vocal jazz specialist, is performing the jazz standard When Sunny Gets Blue, by Marvin Fisher, accompanied by Ron Parker.
Instrumental faculty featured on the program include School of Fine Arts dean and clarinet professor Alan LaFave, piano professor Marcela Faflak, woodwinds professor Frederic Hemke, high brass professor Grant Manhart with special guest alumnus Doug Woolverton, low brass instructor Jessica Perkins, percussion professor Terry Beckler and jazz instructors Paul Dutt and Dennis McDermott.
LaFave will perform Concertino by C.M. von Weber, accompanied by Jacobson. Faflak will perform Poetic Polka in G Minor by Bedrich Smetana. Manhart will play Concerto in C Major for two Trumpets and Piano accompanied by NSU alumna Melissa Woolverton and Doug Woolverton, a professional trumpeter. Hemke will perform on saxophone Rossini Variations, arranged by Schmidt and transcribed by Davis with Wieland as accompanist. Jessica Perkins is performing Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms, by Simone Mantia accompanied by Melissa Woolverton.
The faculty jazz combo will conclude the program.
Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and free to students K-12 and NSU students with student identification. All proceeds go toward music department scholarships.