Willamette music faculty to perform Schumann

Mezzo-soprano Allison Swensen-Mitchell and pianist Anita King will perform a free recital Sunday, Jan. 30, featuring Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op. 39, 12 settings of poems by Eichendorff. The event is at 3 p.m. in Hudson Hall in Willamette University's Rogers Music Center.

The epitome of romanticism, the songs of this cycle function like fragments of a whole, filled with evocations and reflections of an ancient past, elements of folk lore, the constant poetry of an emotionally-charged natural world, and a pervading feeling of alienation from normal life. Also included on the program are songs of Brahms and Grieg.

Swensen-Mitchell, an instructor of voice and director of Dramatic Vocal Arts at Willamette, is an active singer with performances in operatic and concert venues across the U.S. She sang the title role in Bizet's Carmen with the Syracuse Opera and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1995. She has been a frequent guest artist with Portland Opera, and will sing the role of Marcellina in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro in the fall.

King is on the Willamette piano faculty, chair of the department of music and artistic director of the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series. She has performed internationally as soloist and chamber musician and is a frequent presenter of workshops that connect musicians’ movement to artistic interpretation.

For more information, contact the music department at 503-370-6255.