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Summer’s first voice recital brings a colorful mix

Summer’s first voice recital brings a colorful mix

Sex, Portuguese and art are a few themes that will spice up this summer’s first voice recital from 2–3:30 p.m. Saturday in McKnight Hall.

“Are we just doing entertainment or are we doing something that makes people think?” said Mikael Eliasen, renowned pianist and pedagogue. Eliasen is head-of-department chair in vocal studies and artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre at Curtis Institute of Music. He will perform with baritone Julian Arsenault in composer Robert Schumann’s “Liederkreis, Op. 39.”

“I think of all these 19th century romantic composers, he in many ways was this enormously sexual, erotic and sensuous,” Eliasen said of Schumann, whose 12 pieces express the very passionate romance he had with his wife Clara Wieck, who was 16 years old when a 25-year-old Schumann wooed her.