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Musical gifts from Sweden to be presented at Delta State

By January 6, 2009General

The Department of Music at Delta State University will present a Swedish song recital for the first time on the campus on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Even though the program includes many unfamiliar songs to the American audience, attendees are sure to enjoy the beautiful and wondrous sounds of Sweden. The songs have been selected by the guest artist, Dr. Kathleen Roland, who was a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship in 2007 to do an extensive research on the vocal music of Scandinavia. Songs from different countries provide a window into the culture of their citizens, and harmonic and rhythmic languages affect the character and the sound of the songs.
Roland teaches at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Her performance credits include a featured singer with many music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, theBritten-Pears Institute and the Tanglewood Music Festival and with the Grammy award-winning Southwest Chamber Music Society of Los Angeles. She has recorded Libby Larsen’s song cycle, “Songs from Letters, from Calamity Jane to her daughter Janey” with the composer and “Aura,”a piece for orchestra and soloists by Grawemeyer awardwinning Cambodian composer Chinary Ung. 
The collaborative pianist will be Dr. Kumiko Shimizu, assistant professor of music at Delta State University.
This program is funded by Delta State University and The American-Scandinavian Foundation (Thord-Gray Memorial Fund).
The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at (662) 846-4615.