UNH Faculty Concert Series
David Ripley, bass-baritone and Arlene Kies, piano
January 10, 2007
The Faculty Concert Series presents bass-baritone David Ripley and pianist
Arlene Kies in a performance of Robert Schumann’s “Dichterliebe” and
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Songs of Travel” on Tuesday,
Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.
The Dichterliebe poetry, written by Heinrich Heine, was set to music by
Schumann in 1840, and is probably his best-known song cycle. In 1904, Vaughan
Williams set nine poems by Robert Louis Stevenson to music to complete “Songs
Ripley is heard widely in oratorio, recital, chamber opera, and early
and contemporary programs and cabaret as well. Recent performance highlights
include the new solo release of “Ne Point Passer” (To Never
Pass Away) for Centaur Records with pianist Arlene Kies; concerts in Paris,
Brussels, Moscow and St. Petersburg with the Boston Musical Theatre; national
tours of “The Christmas Story” with the Waverly Consort; Schubert’s “Die
Winterreise” and “Die Schöne Müllerin” cycles
Ripley was featured in Peter Childs’ one-act opera “Embers,” based
on the play by Beckett. His recording of “Ich habe Genug” with
Aston Magna Festival players, was recently released with critical praise,
and he appeared in Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” last summer as
part of the Aston Magna Festival 2006.
In April he will appear with the Boston Civic Symphony in Brahms “Requiem.” An
honors graduate of Harvard College and New England Conservatory of Music,
he spent two summers at Tanglewood. Currently associate professor of music
at UNH, he teaches voice and directs the opera program.
Pianist Arlene Kies earned her bachelor’s of music and master’s
of music in piano performance, with honors, at the New England Conservatory
of Music, where she was a student of Theodore Lettvin. She later studied
with Russell Sherman, Anthony DiBonaventura, and, as a Fulbright recipient,
with Hans Graf. Kies performs widely both as soloist and as a chamber pianist.
This fall, she was a featured artist on the University of Rhode Island
Great Performances Series, and has been invited to return for URI’s
In October, Kies performed the Shostokovich Second Piano Concerto with
the UNH Symphony Orchestra. She will perform with the Faculty Concert Series
Sunday, Feb. 4, where she will introduce Wisconsin hornist and composer
Wayne Lu to New Hampshire audiences.
The Jan. 23 concert is free and open to the public. For more information,
call the music department at 2-2404.
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