September 16, 2002
ISU Faculty Concert Series
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Two upcoming faculty concerts on the campus of Indiana State University will finish out a great month of performances by talented local musicians.
Colleen Davis, an assistant professor of music at ISU and soprano voice, will perform a recital entitled "An Evening of Moonlight and Roses" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25; while Paul Bro, an associate professor of music and saxophone will give a performance at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Both concerts will be located in the recital hall of the ISU Center for Performing and Fine Arts, located at Seventh and Chestnut streets.
Works on Davis' program include "Sweeter than Roses" by Henry Purcell; a set of German serenades and songs by Brahms and Richard Strauss; sets of songs from Hugo Wolf, Faure, Debussy, Chausson, Charles Griffes and Ned Rorem; selections from "The Last Rose of Summer" by Benjamin Britten; and "Moonlight Watermelon" by the popular song composer Richard Hundley.
The final piece will be "Russalka's Song to the Moon," an aria from the opera "Russalka" by Antonin Dvorak. William Davis, associate professor of music at ISU, will accompany on piano.
Bro will begin his program with Claude Debussy's "Rapsodie"; as well as "Greensilver for Two Alto Saxophones" by Evan Chambers; William Albright's "Doo Dah for Three Alto Saxophones;" "Echoes of Hell 1" by Dimitri Terzakis; "Mirage" by Dorothy Chang, ISU faculty composer; and Perry Goldstein's "Fault Lines." Leo Saguiguit, from the University of Missouri and Chicago Saxophone Quartet member, Samuel Fritz, ISU alum and teacher at Owen Valley High School, and Martha Krasnican on piano will join Bro on stage at various times.
Davis, a native of Southern California, made her professional operatic debut in 1991. She received early training as a dancer, actress, choral singer and musical theater performer before beginning studies as a soloist and choral conductor at Scripps College, graduating with election to Phi Beta Kappa. After earning graduate degrees in music from The University of Iowa, where she sang many leading roles with the Arts Outreach and Opera Workshop programs, Davis embarked on an active career as a teacher and performer.
She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, both in roles with the Opera Theater Center and in recital. An active proponent of contemporary vocal works, Davis has premiered and performed numerous works by emerging American composers, including Dan McCarthy, Daniel Powers, Carter Pann and John Roscigno. Colleen Davis has appeared as a recitalist in many regions of the United States, and is in demand as a master class teacher and adjudicator of vocal competitions.
Bro has performed throughout the United States and Canada as well as in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Taiwan; he has also served as an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. As a soloist, he has appeared on several New Music Chicago concerts, on Columbia College's Contemporary American Music Program, at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and at the Indiana Music Educators Association Convention. Bro recorded Holy Roller by Libby Larsen, a work written for him, with the Indiana State University Wind Ensemble on the compact disc "Symphonies and Such," and he released his first solo CD, "Nostalgie: A Retrospective of the Saxophone Music of M. William Karlins," in the summer of 2000.
Bro has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Lydian String Quartet. He is the alto saxophonist of the Chicago Saxophone Quartet, and is the president of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA).
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call the music department hotline at (812) 237-2773.