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 Festival.

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.

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