Julia Broxholm, assistant professor of voice, and Richard Reber, professor and division director of piano, will present a joint recital on Monday, February 14, 2011, at 7:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.
The evening concert program includes Hermit Songs by Samuel Barber; Three Sonnets by William Shakespeare, composed by Michael Horvit and featuring notable clarinetist Fred Ormand; Eine Kleine Mitternacht Musik (A Little Midnight Music) by George Crumb; Ruminations on 'Round Midnight by Thelonius Monk; and Apparition by George Crumb.
Soprano Julia Broxholm is a highly regarded recital soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and educator. She is a founding member of SATB, a vocal quartet specializing in vocal chamber music of the 19th and 20th centuries. As a recitalist she is known for her performances of vocal literature by American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her performances with SATB have taken her from the Cayman Islands International Music Festival to Severance Hall in Cleveland, and Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music. Recordings include two releases with SATB; Magic, and It's a Grand Night....Four Singing. She also has recorded two CD's of soprano, clarinet repertoire with clarinetist Fred Ormand and pianist Martin Katz. She received her D.M.A from the University of Michigan School of Music, and has been an active performer and teacher for over twenty-five years. Her operatic roles include Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, the title role in Floyd's Susannah, Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale and Musetta in Puccini's La Boheme. Broxholm joined the School of Music faculty at the University of Kansas in the fall of 2005.
Professor Reber received his undergraduate degree in music theory and his Master of Music degree in piano literature and performance at the Eastman School of Music where he studied piano with the distinguished professor Cecile Staub Genhart. While at Eastman, he was awarded a piano teaching fellowship and was one of a select group to present a performance of contemporary American music at Carnegie Recital Hall. In 1962 Reber received a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria, where he studied piano with Greta Hinterhofer, a prote;ge; of Emil von Sauer. Upon returning to the United States, he furthered his piano studies with Frank Mannheimer (a student of Tobias Matthay), and David Burge, a recognized authority in 20th century piano music. Reber is recognized as an outstanding lecture-recitalist in the field of 20th century piano music as well as the traditional repertoire. He has participated with contemporary composers in artist-in-resident programs, winning the commendations of the featured composers, including Aaron Copland, Elliot Schwartz, and George Crumb, for performances of their works. He has received research grants to study and perform the piano music of Bela Bartok, Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, C. Curtis-Smith, Maurice Ohana, George Crumb, and John Corigliano. In addition to his public performances, he serves as a featured presenter and guest artist for the College Music Society, The American Matthay Association, The Mannheimer Piano Festival Association, and the Music Teachers' National Association. In the spring of 2007, he collaborated for a second time with George Crumb in an artist-in-residence program, serving as a panelist and guest artist, performing Crumb's Makrokosmos I and II. Since accepting a teaching position at the University of Kansas in 1964, Reber has continued to be active as a recitalist, lecturer, and adjudicator throughout the United States and abroad.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-9742 or visit music.ku.edu.