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On the surface, the Romantic, nature and emotion inspired, German Lied and the dissonant, modernist American music of Charles Ives serve as polar opposites that have only musical symbols as their shared interests. But if we dig a little deeper, we find that the music of Ives is rooted in European Romanticism. These unconventional roots have guided his creation of a type of music that can only be described as the character of America itself. His music is a “reflection of our great melting pot society to which other cultures contribute, but from which the result emerges as something all together new and exciting.” Join Susan Lyle, mezzo-soprano and Douglas Weeks, piano on Sunday, March 26th at 4PM as they explore the roots of Romantic German Lied with Brahms, Strauss, and Wolf and how Romantic German Lied shaped the music of modernist American composer, Charles Ives in new and exciting ways.
Susan Lyle, mezzo-soprano
Dr. Susan Lyle, Associate Professor of Voice has been a faculty member of the Petrie School of Music since 1996. She has sung operatic roles with Opera Companies in Baltimore, Annapolis, Vancouver Island, Calgary alberta Canada South Carolina Opera and the Converse Opera Theatre. She has performed as a soloist extensively in Canada and in Germany where she is a frequent guest at the Festwoche Klassicher Musik near Stuttgart. She served as the Artistic Director for the Spartanburg Repertory Company for 8 years where she directed and performed in many productions.
Douglas Weeks, piano
Steinway Artist Douglas Weeks is Babcock Professor of Piano at Converse and Coordinator of Piano Studies at the Brevard Music Festival in Brevard, North Carolina in the summer. He has performed extensively throughout the Southeastern United States as well as in England, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Panama both as soloist and as pianist in the Converse Trio. He has also performed solo recitals and duo recitals with Furman University violinist Thomas Joiner in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia under the auspices of the US State Department. In the spring of 1999, he taught for four months at the Conservatory of Music in Cairo as a Fulbright Senior Scholar and he returned in 2004 and 2009 to teach both at the Conservatory and at Helwan University as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.