Friday, October 09, 2009

Soprano Christine Brewer to Open Spivey Hall 2009/2010 Season Saturday Night

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall welcomes the first of its international guest artists for the 2009/2010 season on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8:15 p.m., when celebrated American soprano and Metropolitan Opera star Christine Brewer takes the stage with pianist Craig Rutenberg. Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, director of Opera and Vocal Studies at Clayton State University, will give a pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m.

Atlanta favorite Brewer makes her long-awaited Spivey Hall recital debut with German songs, including Richard Wagner’s passionate Wesendonck-Lieder (foreshadowing Tristan und Isolde) and the sweepingly evocative “Befreit” (“Longing”) by Richard Strauss, one of her signature composers. Her program also includes Benjamin Britten’s witty Cabaret Songs, John Carter’s spiritual-infused Cantata, and a personal selection of English and American songs entitled Echoes of Nightingales.

Brewer is joined by pianist Craig Rutenberg. Head of Music Administration at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Rutenberg has collaborated with many of the world’s greatest vocalist, has appeared regularly in concert on national and international radio and television, including numerous PBS specials.

Reserved seating tickets are $50, with discounts available to students as well as Clayton State University faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the Spivey Hall Box Office by calling (678) 466-4200 or by visiting the box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Full-price tickets are available online at (a per-ticket service fee will apply).

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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