LAWRENCE - On Monday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m., the KU School of Music presents Mexican-American lyric tenor Genaro Méndez, associate professor of voice, and pianist Robert Hiller, a KU alumnus and retired university voice coach in Germany. They will present an evening of poetry in song through the compositions of Haydn, Beethoven, Bellini, Hahn and Ortega.
The event in the Lied Center Pavilion is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 7:00.
Méndez has a versatile and wide-ranging career as a leading operatic tenor, chamber and solo recitalist, conductor, and voice professor. Hiller coached voice for forty years at the State University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Stuttgart (Germany), and has a distinguished resume of international performances.
More about Genaro Méndez
Genaro Méndez has taught on the University of Kansas music faculty since 2001 and has appeared with such companies as Wichita Grand Opera, Heartland Opera, Springfield Regional Opera, Nevada Opera, Illinois Opera Theater, Eugene Opera and Colorado Opera Troupe. Also a concert artist, Mendez has performed at Martha's Vineyard Music Festival, with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and the Reno Philharmonic. Méndez and Hiller are both on the faculty of Ars Vocalis México, an international training program for singers in Obregon, México.
More about Robert Hiller
Robert Hiller grew up in Humboldt, Kansas. He studied at KU with Richard Angeletti and John Perry and received his Master of Music in piano in 1972. Since 1967 he has lived in Stuttgart, Germany, where he received the Concert Diploma and taught from 1972 to 2012 as a voice coach at the State University of Music and Dramatic Arts. In addition to teaching a lied Class for 11 years at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Hiller has performed with singers and taught master classes in many countries, including the United States, Germany, Austria, and Japan. In 1993, Hiller accompanied Patricia Wise, Joyce Castle and David Holloway at the inaugural concert of the Lied Center, and recently accompanied the alumni vocalists at the concert for the reopening of Swarthout Recital Hall.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit music.ku.edu.