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UNH Faculty Concert Series

David Ripley, bass-baritone and Arlene Kies, piano

January 10, 2007

David Ripley
David Ripley

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 of Travel”.

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 for universities.

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 2007-2008 season.

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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