April 18, 1997
Celebration of the Career of Emory Fanning
A memorable musical event will welcome in the month of May when
retiring Professor of Music Emory Fanning leads a chorus of more
than 200 friends, neighbors, students, former students and a 65-piece
professional orchestra, to present Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem
(The German Requiem) on May 3, at 8:00 p.m. in Pepin Gym
at Middlebury College.
Performed in Middlebury for the first time in history, the Requiem
will commemorate the anniversary of the death of the great composer,
Johannes Brahms, who died 100 years ago in April. Members of
both the Community and College Choirs, Middlebury choir alumni
returning from all over the U.S. and abroad will join conductor
Emory Fanning and soloists Andrew Wentzel '73 and Nancy Krumm
Sichler '71 to present the Requiem, one of the greatest
choral works ever composed.
"It is really a thrill of a lifetime of music making,"
says Prof. Fanning. "The German Requiem is unmatched
for beauty and expression of our deepest emotions. It is the
great Romantic choral masterpiece."
Fanning has been a challenging model as teacher, conductor, and
performer throughout 30 years of service to Middlebury College,
and is both respected and loved by generations of students. He
joined the faculty as College organist, director of the College
choir, and teacher. Over the years, Prof. Fanning, in addition
to bringing the College choir to chapel regularly on Sunday mornings,
has taken the choir on tour throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic
states, and Florida. He also created two holiday programs for
public radio, "Christmas in Vermont," and "A Vermont
Christmas," both performed in Mead Chapel and broadcast during
the holiday season. Fanning founded and conducted the community
chorus, has served as guest conductor with the Vermont Symphony
Orchestra, and will appear as guest soloist with
the VSO in an upcoming program that includes the organ symphony
by Saint-Saëns. For a decade, he and his wife, pianist Diana
Egbers Fanning '71, operated the Point Counterpoint Chamber Music
Camp at Lake Dunmore.
With his retirement as director and teacher, Prof. Fanning will
continue to contribute to the musical life of Middlebury by serving,
part-time, as College organist.
Andrew Wentzel '73, returning to Middlebury College to lend his
powerful bass-baritone to the evening's performance, has been
an exciting and commanding figure in opera houses and concert
halls throughout the world. His 1996-97 season's highlights include
the role of Figaro in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro for the
New York City Opera, and of Olin Blitch in Floyd's Suzannah
for the Central City Opera. Last year's season brought him to
the Metropolitan Opera, the San Diego Opera, the Ochestre Symphonique
de Montréal, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Colorado
Opera Festival. He is currently a Performing Artist in Residence
at the University of Tennessee.
Nancy Krumm Sichler '71, well known in New England for her extensive
solo concert work and her many leading roles with Simsbury Light
Opera, has also performed in Connecticut Concert Opera productions
as well as with the Vermont Symphony Opera, The Talcott String
Quartet, and the Wallingford Symphony. She has been featured
as soprano soloist at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Farmington's
Barney House, the Paul Mellon Arts Center, and the Chapel of Choate
Rosemary Hall School. A two-time winner of the New Jersey State
Opera Festival award, she also spends summers at the Aspen Music
Tickets are on sale at the Middlebury College Box Office (802-443-6433):
$8 general admission; $6 faculty, staff and Middlebury College
seniors; $4 other Middlebury College students.