Over the weekend, the Music Department held a concert featuring faculty and guest performers. The event coincided with Parent’s Weekend and an Open House, giving families and perspective students a little taste of the offerings of AMU’s Music Department.
The program began with a performance of two songs (Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91) by Brahms, performed by contralto Helen Tintes-Schuermann, violist Katrina Rozmus, and Alexandra Carlson on the piano.
Tintes-Schuermann, who has performed around the world in operatic roles, is Chair of the Music Department at AMU. For the concert on Saturday, she also sang selections from Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs, and two pieces from Lennox Berkeley’s Four Poems of St. Teresa of Avila. She was accompanied by Carlson on the piano. Carlson has won prizes in piano competitions around the world, was awarded a fellowship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at Ave Maria University.
Two particular performances made the event one of special note. Midway through the program, Rozmus and Carlson played Schubert’s beloved “Arpeggione” Sonata D. 821. Rozmus is a Polish American violinist/violist who was assistant concertmaster for the Yucatan Symphony (2004-20015) and principal second of the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra (2005-2010). She resides in Southwest Florida, playing as a contracted per service violinist with the Naples Philharmonic and assisting as private violin/viola instructor at Ave Maria University.
The second performance of note, coming at the end of a delightful afternoon of music, was Tintes-Schuermann’s singing of two Spanish songs from a three-song cycle, Para Entonces, which she commissioned composer and jazz musician Gordon “Dick” Goodwin to write.
Stay tuned for “A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent,” which will take place at 7pm on December 3rd, in the Ave Maria Oratory. This annual musical celebration of the season of Advent will feature hymns and choral arrangements, alternated with Biblical readings, in preparation of the birth of our Lord.
[Below: students, faculty and visitors mingle at a reception after the concert.]