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MSU Oct. 24 recital features art songs and the works of composer John Duke

October 11, 2012

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Montana State University voice professor Elizabeth Croy, soprano, baritone Frederick Frey, MSU piano professor Julie Gosswiller and three MSU music students will perform songs by American composer John Duke at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in MSU's Reynolds Recital Hall.

The concert will be dedicated to the works of Duke, who was devoted to the musical form of the art song. Frey interviewed Duke as part of his doctoral research project and will share remarks based on his experience.

MSU students Bethany Smith, soprano, Sallie Dugger, mezzo-soprano, and baritone Stuart Roy will begin the recital with some lighter works by Duke, including "Loveliest of Trees" and two songs from "Five Poems of Lewis Carroll."

Frey began his vocal studies in the Midwest, earning his doctoral degree from Northwestern University. He has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad as an oratorio soloist and in opera.

Croy and Gosswiller have performed and competed together as an art song team in numerous local and international venues. They have released three CDs together; including "Moon's Ending," their first CD that received an outstanding review in the "Journal of Singing."

Tickets for the concert are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door.

Reynolds Recital Hall is located in Howard Hall, across the street from the MSU Duck Pond.

Elizabeth Croy, 994-5769, ecroy@montana.edu