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March 31, 2009
Dr. Pamela Shannon, soprano and assistant professor of music, and Charles Badami, instructor of music and collaborative pianist, will perform during a Northwest faculty recital at 8 p.m. Monday, April 6, in Charles Johnson Theater.
The program will consist of German art songs by Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler and an English-language song cycle by the contemporary American composer Margaret Garwood titled "The Cliff's Edge." The cycle's lyrics are based on poems written in the early 1950s by Eithne Tabor, who, at the time, was confined to a mental hospital where she was being treated for schizophrenia.
Critics have described "The Cliff's Edge" as a technically advanced and emotionally demanding work for performers, who must lead the audience through Tabor's troubled inner life.
Shannon previously presented the song cycle in Nov. 2008 at the College Music Society's 50 th anniversary conference in Salt Lake City, where she was accompanied by Dr. Ernest Kramer, a concert pianist and professor of music at Northwest.
In addition to the art song selections, Shannon will perform two arias during the upcoming recital, and Badami will present selections for solo piano.
Shannon joined the Northwest music faculty in 2002 and teaches voice, vocal methods, and music appreciation. She holds a doctorate in vocal performance from Indiana University and an associateship in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
She has appeared extensively in opera, oratorio and recitals, and past performances include Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" with the Bach Elgar Choir and Vaughan Williams' "Dona Nobis Pacem" with the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto.
As instructor of music and collaborative pianist at Northwest, Badami works as an accompanist with university vocal ensembles and teaches courses such as enjoyment of music and class piano. This spring, he will complete his doctorate in piano performance and collaborative arts through Northwestern University.
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