'Diva Duets' Kassia recital to feature rare vocal duets

September 17, 2015

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts will host its sixth Kassia faculty chamber recital on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts.

“Diva Duets” will be performed by Kassia members Dr. Susan Savage Day, soprano; Rebekah Demaree, soprano; and Sharon Jensen, piano. Day is director of the Opera Workshop and voice professor at UW-Platteville. Demaree is a voice professor at UW-Platteville. Jensen is a piano professor at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, and the collaborative pianist for Kassia since its inception.

The recital will feature vocal duets that are rarely performed, including the world premiere of Matthew Gregg’s song, “Not Long Enough: A Mother’s Poem,” set to a poem written by his mother, Lola R. Gregg. Matthew Gregg is associate director of bands and director of the Marching Pioneers at UW-Platteville.

Other composers to be featured include Faure, Aubert, Massenet, Rubinstein, Monteverdi, Gounod, Balfe and Hoiby.

“Becky and I continually explore new possibilities within the chamber recital repertoire for Kassia,” said Day. “Past collaborations have included our instrumental colleagues and colleagues from other disciplines. ‘Diva Duets’ will feature duets that two sopranos can perform together.”
“While Sue and I have collaborated on vocal duets occasionally in the past, this is the first recital we have programmed that is composed solely of duet literature,” said Demaree. “In addition, the fact that we will be premiering a piece written for Kassia by our colleague Matt Gregg is very special to us. Since Sue and I are both mothers and the text is from his mom’s perspective, we feel a particularly warm affinity with Matt’s composition.”

Founded by Day and Demaree in 2006, Kassia concerts are devoted to providing distinctive programming with an educational component. Repertoire features female composers, female poets and chamber works with instrumentalists and seldom-heard literature. The ensemble has performed more than 25 recitals in Wisconsin and Iowa since its inception.

General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for UW-Platteville students. Tickets can be purchased by calling the University Box Office at 877-727-1CFA or online: tickets.uwplatt.edu.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu


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