Kinchen, protégé Griffin to lead April 29 concert
When the University of Wisconsin-Parkside's University Chorale, Master Singers, and Voices of Parkside are led onto the stage by Music Professor James B. Kinchen Jr., on Sunday, April 29, a familiar face will join them. The university voices will be augmented that afternoon by the Racine Gifford Elementary "Accent Choir" under the direction of UW-Parkside graduate Timothy Keith Griffin, Jr. The concert begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Frances Bedford Concert Hall of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities.
Dr. Kinchen said the university choirs frequently invite community choral groups to share the stage. For a number of reasons, Kinchen said this collaboration is especially exciting.
"The delightful Gifford students are talented and a really fun group. I had a chance to work some with them a few days ago and really enjoyed the opportunity," Dr. Kinchen said. "Add to that the fact that they are under the leadership of my fine former student, Timothy Keith Griffin, Jr., who, even in his first year of teaching, is doing such an excellent job."
The concert features the "Mass in G Major" by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzes." Composed in less than a week in 1815, Schubert's "Mass in G Major" is the best known of the three "shorter" mass compositions he wrote between his elaborate first and fifth masses. The piece debuted the year after his first mass was successfully performed.
Although he was an admirer of Johann Strauss Jr., who was known as the "Waltz King," Brahms' waltzes shared the same structure with Schubert's keyboard waltzes. The "Liebeslieder Waltzes" were described by one reviewer on Amazon.com as "short, charming, and emotionally satisfying pieces."
Admission to this special joint performance is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Dr. Kinchen said all of those who appreciate live music should attend to hear these exceptional works in the acoustically perfect Bedford Concert Hall.For more information, call the Music Department at 262-595-2457.