6315 - Faculty Artist Series
6315 | March 23, 2012
The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music – will present a faculty artist recital on Monday, April 2 at 7:30 in the Steward Room of the Randall Campus Center. The program is free, open to the public, and features Brian Keith Johnson, baritone; and Judith Ryder, piano. A program follows.
"Il barbiere di Siviglia," by Gioachino Rossini
"Amarilli, mia bella," by Gulio Cacchini
"Vittoria, mio core!" by Giacomo Carissimi
"Zueignung," by Richard Strauss
"Der Rattenfanger," by Hugo Wolf
"Don Quichotte a Dulcinee," by Maurice Ravel
"Deep River" by Moses Hogan
"Witness," by Hall Johnson
"Johanna" (from Sweeney Todd) by Stephen Sondheim
"Was I Wazir" (from Kismet) by Robert Wright
Brian Keith Johnson has performed many roles in opera from Figaro in il barbiere di Siviglia to Ford in Falstaff. As a member of Actors' Equity Association, he has also performed a variety of musical theatre roles ranging from Jim in Big River to Father/God in Children of Eden. Operatic roles include Henry Box Brown and Frederick Douglass in Opera Columbus' World Premiere of Leslie Burrs' Vanqui; Dan Dequille in The World Premiere of Monica Houghton's Big Bonanza; the Kaiser in Cleveland Public Theatre's production of Der Kaiser von Atlantis; Masetto in Don Giovanni and Valentin in Faust with Cleveland Opera; Dewain in I Was Looking At The Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky, Belcore in The Elixir of Love and Figaro in The Barber of Seville with Lyric Opera Cleveland; Figaro in il barbiere di Siviglia, Giovanni in Don Giovanni, Peter in Hansel und Gretel and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte with The Duke Symphony Orchestra; Crown in Porgy and Bess with The Beck Center; Crown in Porgy and Bess and Michele in Il Tabarro with Union Avenue Opera; Tonio in Pagliacci, Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Boheme and Sharpless in Madama Butterly with Opera Western Reserve; Germont in La Traviata with The Carolina Master Chorale; Tonio in Pagliacci with The Bechstein Concert Series; Michele and Schicchi in Il Trittico with Dellarte' Opera; Michele in Il Tabarro with Opera Per Tutti; Germont in La Traviata with Opera Western Reserve and Jake in Porgy and Bess with The Akron Symphony Orchestra. This season, he will sing Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Solon Center for the Arts; Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Valentin in Faust with Opera Per Tutti. Johnson's concert performances include excerpts from West Side Story, Die Zauberflöte and La Cenerentola, Lee Hoiby's I Have A Dream and The Wexford Carol with The Cleveland Orchestra; Carmina Burana with both The San Jose Ballet and The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; Porgy in Porgy and Bess, The Five Mystical Songs, The Bach Magnificat, The Messiah, The Brahms Requiem and An Evening of Verdi and Puccini and The Mozart Requiem with The Akron Symphony Orchestra; The Fauré Requiem and Carmina Burana with The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra; The Bach Magnificat, Carmina Burana, Crown in Porgy and Bess, Adam in The Creation, Schlendrian in The Coffee Cantata and The Bonze, Yamadori and The Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly, The Brahms Requiem and Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem with The Canton Symphony Orchestra; Kirke Mechem's Songs of the Slave from the opera John Brown with The Summit Choral Society; Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel and Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death with The Duke Symphony Orchestra; The Mozart Requiem, Carmina Burana and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with The Ashland Symphony Orchestra; Carmina Burana, Elijah and The Porgy and Bess Suite with The Suburban Symphony Orchestra; The Mozart C Minor Mass with The Dayton Bach Society; La Traviata and La Boheme with The New Opera Festival di Roma Orchestra in Rome, Italy; Elijah and The Verdi Requiem with The Warren Philharmonic Orchestra; La Boheme and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with The Missouri Symphony Orchestra; On Ma Journey: A Concert of Spirituals at Severance Hall with Opera Per Tutti and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with The Springfield Symphony Orchestra. This season's concert engagements include excerpts from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci with The Akron Symphony Orchestra, concerts with the quartet Red Campion and a solo recital at Malone University.
Judith Ryder, pianist, was the Founding Director of Cleveland Opera's well-known education and outreach program, Cleveland Opera on Tour, recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Ohio Governor's Award for Arts in Education. The diverse education and outreach programs Ms. Ryder developed in her 31 years with Cleveland Opera reached an average of 80,000 people throughout the Midwest and beyond. As the Music Administrator for Cleveland Opera, Ms. Ryder was company liaison to conductors, served as the opera orchestra's personnel manager and was Music Director for the company's series of imaginative children's operas and other touring and main stage productions, including "The Fantasticks." In addition to her opera work, Ms. Ryder was Music Director for acclaimed Cleveland productions of Jon Marans' "Old Wicked Songs" (Dorothy Silver, Director), Terrence McNally's "Master Class" (Reuben Silver, Director), and other area theatre productions. A graduate of Eastman School of Music, Ms. Ryder was a founding member of the Thalia Piano Trio, served on the Cleveland Institute of Music and Music Settlement faculties, and was coach and keyboardist for the Robert Page Singers. Ms. Ryder was the recipient of the first Vocal Arts Resource Network's Ovation Award in 2000 for her dedicated work with singers and the 2003 Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland's Arts Education Champion Award. In August 2008, Judith Ryder became the first manager of the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium with new offices at Cleveland State University where she oversees a range of member activities, community projects and general arts advocacy on behalf the Consortium's membership more than 40 organizations. Ms. Ryder is a vocal coach and the pianist with the Red Campion vocal ensemble and the Director of the Judson Choristers with intergenerational links to area schools. Prior to this, Ms. Ryder served as keyboardist and coach with Cleveland Opera for 31 years from 1976 to 2007. Ms. Ryder was Music Director for the opera company's original, imaginative children's operas, several main stage productions, and created a piano vocal score using the first edition of Finale for computer for the world premiere of Stewart Copeland's "Holy Blood and Crescent Moon." Ms. Ryder was Music Director (working with Directors Reuben and Dorothy Silver) for acclaimed productions of Jon Marans' "Old Wicked Songs" and Terrence McNally's "Master Class." In addition to her opera and theater work, Ms. Ryder, a graduate of Eastman School of Music, was founding member of the Thalia Piano Trio, served on the Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland Music School Settlement faculties, and was coach and keyboardist for the Robert Page Singers. Recipient of the first Vocal Arts Resource Network's Ovation Award in 2000 for her work with singers and the 2003 Young Audiences' of Greater Cleveland's Arts Education Champion Award, Ms. Ryder is Music Director of the Judson Singers.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.
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