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Keene State Recital Ranges from Bach to Billy Joel

KEENE, N.H. 3/28/02 - Keene State College faculty members Gladys Johnsen, mezzo-soprano, and Beverly Caldon, piano and organ, will perform works by Bach, Schubert, Purcell, Fauré, and Joel on Monday, April 8, at 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of KSC’s Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond.

Admission to the recital is free and open to the public. Donations will be requested to the KSC 911 Scholarship Fund, established to assist Keene State College students who have been affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. For information, call 603-358-2177.

KSC music faculty member Joseph Darby, viola, and student Chris Beam, bass, will also be featured during the recital.

Three works by J.S. Bach will be on the program, including the aria from Cantata No. 22, based on the gospel story of Jesus entering Jerusalem, Prelude and Fugue in G Major, one of Bach’s extended works for organ, and “Little Fugue in G Minor” played by Beverly Caldon, the organ instructor at Keene State. Caldon, who is the organist and music director at the United Church of Christ in Keene, will also accompany Johnsen throughout the recital.

Johnsen will open the recital singing Daniel Kantor’s “Ave Maria,” a simple restating of the ancient prayer the Hail Mary. She will sing Franz Schubert’s “Auf dem wasser zu singen” (A Song to be Sung on the Water), Henry Purcell’s “When I Am Laid in Earth” from the opera “Dido and Aeneas,” and Billy Joel’s “Lullaby.” Johnsen also will perform two works by Gabriel Fauré: “En priére” (In Prayer) and “Aprés un reve” (After a Dream). She will conclude the program with Antonin Dvorak’s “Goin’ Home.”

Johnsen, a professor of music at Keene State, is the alto soloist at the United Church of Christ. She also is founder and former conductor of the Youth Chorus at Keene State College. The recital will feature work she refined during her past year of sabbatical study with Peter Hart of Sturbridge, Mass., and travel throughout Europe with two choral groups.

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