Love on the setlist for Friday recital
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, Dr. Ken Bohannon will be presenting a concert of love songs from down through the ages on Friday, Feb. 11 in the Alumni Chapel on the campus of the University of Science and Arts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and the recital is open to the public.
Bohannon, an associate professor of music at USAO, chose this collection of songs for their seasonal appeal and musical merit. The recital will include songs from the Baroque, Classic, and Romantic periods of music history.
“I thought I would sing some songs all centered on some aspect of love,” Bohannon explained.
“Most are happy songs, but I have also included some songs about unrequited love. For example one of the songs speaks about waking up from a dream in tears, the singer dreaming that his lover has abandoned him, only to find her right by his side.”
The songs will be sung in their original languages including Italian, French, German and English. A PowerPoint presentation will offer translations of the non-English material as Bohannon sings.
Composers in the program include Mozart, Schumann, Berlioz and Bizet among others.
Bohannon, a baritone, will be accompanied by Dr. Stephen Weber, professor of music at USAO. Bohannon directs the USAO Vocal Jazz Ensemble and is the musical director of HMS Pinafore, a show debuting later in the spring in coordination with the USAO drama department.
He is also the coordinator of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series which brings top-tier performing talent to USAO for the entertainment and edification of campus and community members alike.