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CU presents "I Hear America Singing" concert



Cumberland University music students will present a free concert, “I Hear America Singing: Music by American Composers,” at 7 p.m. on March 5 on campus in the Heydel Fine Arts Center Theatre.

The public performance will feature approximately 20 voice students from the studios of Professor Kira King Dittfurth and Dr. Michele Paynter Paise. Carolyn Blake and Dr. Brian Kilian will accompany each of the singers on piano.

Attendees will enjoy solo vocal literature by composers Ned Rorem, Samuel Barber, John Duke, and others. Selections include “Loveliest of Trees,” “The Daisies,” “St. Ita’s Vision,” “On the Road to Mandalay,” and “A Nun Takes the Veil.”

The selections are appealing on both a popular and technical level, according to Paise.

“Both Professor Dittfurth and I chose quality vocal solo literature from well-known composers,” Paise said. “Although there are many American composers out there, we decided to stick with literature that would be both suitable for serious vocal study and appealing to audiences. It is not necessarily that the concert has an ‘American’ theme, but that we recognize that there are some wonderful American composers who have contributed much to the vocal solo repertoire.”

Concert attendees will experience the vocal talents of Cumberland’s music students while becoming more familiar with the work of great American composers.

“It is our hope that those who attend this concert grow fonder of the music of these talented composers,” Paise said. “Everyone has heard of Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach, but there are also many great American composers whose works are being performed. It is important that our students become familiar with these works, and it is important that the community hears them.”

The “I Hear America Singing” concert is free and open to the public and will take place in Cumberland University’s Heydel Fine Arts Center Theatre.