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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Baritone Norman Spivey will present "Ecoute: Pieces of Reynaldo Hahn" on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.
The original one-man show, which is free and open to the public, explores the life and music of French composer Reynaldo Hahn.
"Ecoute: Pieces of Reynaldo Hahn" sets out to evoke not only a singular musician, but also an era when cultures were defined by their artists," said Catherine Payn, associate professor of music at Bucknell.
"Written by Susan Russell, the work draws on Hahn's experiences and relationships – particularly those with his closest friends, the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt and the exceptional writer Marcel Proust (who in many ways acted as his greatest muse) – and celebrates the many inspirations of his music," she said.
Veteran of musicals and opera
Norman Spivey is on the voice faculty at Penn State. A veteran of musicals, operetta and opera, he earned degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of North Texas and the University of Michigan.
A Fulbright grant to Paris led to engagements with l'Opera de Lille, l'Opera de Nantes, and l'Opera de Nancy, as well as a tour of France and Canada as Papageno in Die Zauberflote. He has sung Schubert's Winterreise at Carnegie Hall and the American premiere of Poulenc's rediscovered Quatre Poemes de Max Jacob.
Fellowships include the Aspen Music Festival, the Institute for Advanced Vocal Studies in Paris, and the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship awarded jointly by The Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
Spivey has served as officer on the local, regional and national level for NATS. His research on musical theatre singing has appeared in the Journal of Singing. With Penn State musical theatre voice colleagues, he is on the faculty of Bel Canto/Can Belto: Learning to teach and sing for musical theatre, and is developing a graduate program combining classical and musical theatre voice pedagogy.
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