August 1, 1997

German for Singers Presents The Finale Concert

The Middlebury College Language Schools' German for Singers program will present The Finale Concert on Sunday, August 10, at 8:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Middlebury College Center for the Arts. The Finale Concert, an evening of solo and ensemble works featuring the individual and collective achievements of each singer in the German for Singers program, will include songs from Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, duets by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, operas and arias by Mozart, and a portion of Brahms' Liebesleider Walzer.

The singers are participants in the German for Singers program, a special course of study designed by the German School, one of the eight summer session schools offered by the Middlebury College Language Schools. German for Singers integrates the study of the German language, literature, and culture with music history, vocal pedagogy, and performance. The program provides individualized career preparation for young singers with professional ambitions. Lectures and master classes, private coaching, and individual tutoring complement formal classroom instruction. In a carefully structured, total-immersion environment, students gain the skills and confidence required to become singing artists with German language proficiency and insight into the vocal repertoire of German-speaking cultures.

During this summer's seven-week program, lectures and master classes were offered by Professor Emerita Louise McClelland Urban of the University of Maryland, who holds a Culture Medallion from the International Hugo Wolf Society in Austria; Maestro Joseph Colaneri of the National Touring Company in New York; and Professor of Music Dr. James McDonald of Indiana University. German for Singers is directed by Dr. Brenda Smith, coordinator of Musical Activities at the German School at Middlebury, and director of Vocal Studies at Manatee Community College, Florida.

The Finale Concert is the German for Singers' third performance this year. Earlier in the summer, the group performed a chamber music concert on the Middlebury campus, and again at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. Maria von Trapp attended the Stowe performance, and was enthusiastic about the concert. While personally giving the singers a tour of the Trapp Family grounds after the show, Mrs. Von Trapp told the group "This is real music."

The Finale Concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-443-5510.