FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 18, 2007
CONTACT: Tim Musselman, 615-898-2493
MTSU TENOR STEPHEN SMITH PERFORMS FACULTY RECITAL SEPT. 24
In-Demand Pianist Caleb Harris Returns to Campus to Provide Accompaniment
(MURFREESBORO)—Stephen Smith, tenor and associate professor of voice at MTSU, will perform in a faculty recital with collaborative pianist Caleb Harris at 8 p.m. Sept. 24 in the T.
Earl Hinton Music Hall of the Wright Music Building on the MTSU campus.
Smith and Harris will begin the recital by performing Benjamin Britten’s song cycle titled Winterwords. Other composers featured on the program will be Richard Strauss, Henri Duparc and Gabriel Fauré.
“There is a little something for everyone,” Smith said. “It’s interesting stuff.”
Smith, who has a master’s degree vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music in New York, has performed leading roles on numerous opera stages with artists such as Renée Fleming, June Anderson, Elisabeth Söderstrom, Hillevi Martinpelto, Katarina Dalayman and Tom Krause, to name a few, and while residing in Stockholm, Sweden, from 1989 to ’98 he studied privately with Nicolai Gedda.
Collaborative pianist Harris—who was a member of the music school’s faculty from fall 2005 to spring 2007—will return to MTSU for this special recital.
Currently a doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music, Harris is an in-demand competition accompanist and vocal coach who is known for his abilities both technically and musically at playing orchestral works on the piano.
“We’re lucky to have him back with us for this performance,” Smith said. The Sept. 24 recital is free and open to the public.
For more information on this and other events in the McLean School of Music, please call 615-898-2493 or visit www.mtsumusic.com.