February 04, 2013

UAB presents early-music recital with vocalists, harpsichord, lute

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BaroqueA recently refurbished harpsichord built 30 years ago for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Music will take center stage at a free recital featuring specialists in early music Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

The UAB Early Music Recital will launch the Collegium Musicum concert series at UAB. Soprano Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, D.M.A., assistant professor of voice and opera, will be joined by soprano Elizabeth Packard Arnold, mezzo-soprano Katherine Sherwood White, lutenist Dieter Hennings and cellist JoAnn Strickland. Maria Lyapkova will play the harpsichord. The recital program includes arias by Vivaldi and Caccini; lute songs by Dowland, Lanier, Blow and Campion; and arias and duets by Monteverdi. 

The recital is set for 3 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. The recital is open to the public. Call 205-934-8906. Visit the UAB Department of Music online at www.uab.edu/music.

Rebuilt by Ferdinand Pointer, the 30-year-old Italian harpsichord is one of the few instruments of its kind in the Birmingham area. A faculty development grant provided the chance to refurbish the harpsichord and host the early music specialists.

Hurst-Wajszczuk is a specialist in the lute songs of Dowland and sang with Early Music Vancouver’s “Compleat Singer Programme.” Her solo CD of Dowland songs was released by Centaur in 2008. Arnold studied German oratorio at the Benjamin Britten-Peter Pears School in Aldeburgh, England, and participated in Stephen Stubb’s summer Baroque opera program, Accademia d’Amore, in Seattle, Wash. White has performed leading roles with Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Kentucky Opera Theater and Texas Opera Theater. They are joined by Hennings, who recently performed recitals on baroque lute and guitar at Milan’s Spazio Tadini, the Arizona Early Music Society and the Rochester Early Music Society, among others. Strickland was formerly with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

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