The concertwhich begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall will feature tenor Nicholas Perna , assistant professor of voice, and Robert Thieme , professor of music and head of the vocal studies program.
Pernas wife, soprano Mandy Spivak, currently adjunct professor of voice at WVU and West Virginia Wesleyan College, will be special guest artist.
This will be the first performance on campus by Perna and Spivak, who joined the WVU Division of Music in the fall. The event is free and open to the public.
The recital will featureSound an AlarmfromJudas Maccabaeusby George Frideric Handel; three pieces set to the poetry of Joseph Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff by Hans Pfitzner; theSt. Sulpicescene fromManonby Jules Massenet, featuring Perna and Spivak;LInvitation au Voyage,Le Manoir de Rosemonde,ExtaseandPhydiléby Henri Duparc; andPsalm 121,Set Me as a Seal,In the Bleak MidwinterandLittle Lambby Robert Heath, a Miami-based composer who is a close friend of Perna and Spivaks.
Perna has a bachelors degree in music with an emphasis in voice and a doctorate in vocal pedagogy and performance from the University of Miamis Frost School of Music. He also has a masters degree in music with an emphasis in voice from the University of Houstons Moores School of Music.
He previously served on the faculty of New World School of the Arts and Miami Dade College. Since the summer of 2005, he has served as voice faculty and production director of the Cultural American Music Program in Marathon, Fla., where he also serves as artistic director.
On the operatic stage, Perna recently played the debut role of the Accuser in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Bright ShengsMadame Mao.On the concert stage, he made his debut in Gustav MahlersDas Lied von der Erdewith the University of Miami Chamber Orchestra.
Thieme is director of WVU Opera Theatre and has also worked as a collaborative artist with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States and in Europe. He has been the principal keyboardist with the Wheeling Symphony and has worked on operatic productions with the West Virginia and Corpus Christi symphonies and the Augusta, Chautauqua, Columbus and Orlando opera companies.
Thieme is also co-artistic director of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, a summer training program for vocalists, pianists and instrumentalists. He currently serves on the National Opera Association board of directors and as editor of the associations Opera Journal.
He has degrees in piano performance and studied opera with Walter Ducloux and Leonard Treash.
Spivak, a native of Miami, recently sang the role of Love Simpson in Carlisle FloydsCold Sassy Treewith Amarillo Opera, as well as Minnie inWage of Sinfor the KACV television and Amarillo (Texas) Opera production.
In addition, her portrayal of Miss Lavish in the production of Robert Nelsons operaA Room with a Viewhas been made available on a commercially released DVD in recent months. She will be singing the title role in PuccinisToscawith Amarillo Opera this spring.
She received a bachelors degree in music from the University of Miami and a masters degree in music from the University of Houston. She also has a doctorate in vocal performance from the University of Miami.
For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4841 ext. 3108.