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McCormack to perform Schumann's "Myrthen"

Jessica McCormackNewly appointed Assistant Professor of Voice Jessica McCormack will present Schumann’s Myrthen, Op. 25 with guest artist and baritone Matthew Hoch at her debut recital at IU South Bend on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. Accompanying the soprano singer will be the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts’ new Assistant Professor of Music Geoffrey Duce on piano.

Presented as a wedding gift to his wife Clara in 1840, Schumann’s Myrthen, Op.25, consists of 26 short songs with poetic texts from both a masculine and feminine perspective. It is Schumann’s only song cycle requiring both male and female vocalists to perform in its entirety. While all of Schumann’s other song cycles set the works of a single poet, Myrthen offers settings from seven great Romantic poets including Geothe, Rückert, and Byron. Although some of Schumann’s most beloved songs are frequently excerpted from Myrthen, the song cycle is rarely performed live in its complete 26-song form.

McCormack, who joined the faculty of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts in August, teaches applied voice, diction, and vocal pedagogy, and also directs the opera ensemble. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music in vocal performance from Southern Methodist University. McCormack has sung at Carnegie Hall as part of the Professional Training Workshops series, and as a soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival. Her operatic roles include Nannetta in Falstaff, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Tirsi in Clori, Tirsi e Fileno. Her oratorio work includes Carissimi’s Jepthe, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schütz’s Die sieben Worte, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem.

Visiting baritone Matthew Hoch is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Auburn University where he teaches applied voice, diction, and opera workshop. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance and literature from the New England Conservatory.

Hoch frequently performs as a Bach soloist with many orchestras, including the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and the Hartford Symphony. Operatic credits include Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Falke in Die Fledermaus, Jupiter in Orphée aux enfers, and the title roles in Gianni Schicchi and Dido and Aeneas.

Scottish pianist Geoffrey Duce is an Assistant Professor of Music at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. Duce initially studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University before receiving a scholarship to the Universität der Künste in Berlin. He completed his doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music where he was also a faculty member, and has also taught at the State University of New York.

Duce has performed throughout Europe, the United States, Japan and Hong Kong. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the New York Sinfonietta, the Scottish Sinfonia, the Edinburgh Philharmonic, the Olympia Symphony Orchestra. Last year he performed two concerto works by Chopin in one evening with the Sinfonie Orchester Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie. Duce has also performed in London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, and in Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall. As a chamber musician and accompanist, he has recorded for BBC Radio 3 and Hong Kong Radio.

// Schumann’s Myrthen
// Jessica McCormack, soprano
// Matthew Hoch, baritone (guest artist)
// Geoffrey Duce, piano
// 7:30 pm Friday, September 28
// Recital Hall
// Tickets $5-$9 / free to students and children
// arts.iusb.edu | 574.520.4203