Vocal recital to showcase ‘The Art of Song’

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Assistant Professor of Music Marci Ziegler will perform her first vocal recital in approximately 10 years on Friday, Feb. 5. The recital is titled “The Art of Song.”

“The last time I did a recital was over 10 years ago.” Ziegler said. “I’ve done a lot of solo singing and performances, but mostly as a guest artist.”

She said that the challenge of any recital is that it focuses on one person to entertain the audience for 45 minutes. This influenced her to invite a few of her fellow music department faculty members to perform alongside her for select pieces. Among them are J.D. Parr, the retiring director of jazz ensemble, on the clarinet, Associate Professor of Music Robin Liston on vocals and Music and Theatre Department Chair Trilla Lyerla on piano.

Ziegler likes that this recital gives her the opportunity to teach her vocal students by demonstration.

“My students haven’t seen me do what I ask them to do,” Ziegler said. “It is only fair that I turn it around and do the same thing.”

She will be covering a variety of languages and classics in her program, including French, Latin, Italian, German and English.

She has been practicing a lot over the past month. After returning from a two-week trip, she got a cold and had to postpone the recital a week to allow her voice time to recover.

Her program will be also be considered a forum so at the conclusion of the recital she will open the floor for questions about her method of singing and her passion for song.

The performance will be held on at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, in McKibbin Recital Hall.