PLYMOUTH — Mezzo-soprano Emily Jaworski, with Professor Dan Perkins on piano, will present “The Deepest Desire” at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts. There is no charge for admission.
Hailed by Classical Voice of New England as “thoroughly delightful and a consummate storyteller, musician and artist,” Emily Jaworski is earning a reputation for excellence and constantly surprising audiences with her versatility. From Bach oratorios to the art songs of Brahms and Copland, to jazz and musical theatre, Jaworski is committed to forging a deep emotional connection with every piece she sings.
“The Deepest Desire” is a recital program featuring forgotten works of Wolf, Debussy and Barber, as well as Jake Heggie’s song cycle “The Deepest Desire: Four Meditations on Love,” based on texts by social activist Sister Helen Prejean.
Perkins says the texts are Prejean’s response to Heggie’s question about her own sense of spirituality and its meaning. They describe the process of examining the “deepest waters of her being to find the core of her spirituality: the deepest desire of her heart.”
Perkins is professor of music and director of choral activities at Plymouth State University, where he was awarded the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professorship. He is founder and music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, music director of the Manchester Choral Society, and was principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet. He will return to Vietnam in November 2014 as conductor of the Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) Orchestra.
Guest artist Donna Shin will perform the flute part for the Heggie song cycle.
Information about the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University is online at Plymouth.edu/department/mtd.