USD professor to present piano recital Susanne Skyrm, professor of music at The University of South Dakota, will present a faculty piano recital at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Colton Recital Hall at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus. Entitled "Postcards from Spain," the program will feature works by Spanish composers of the 18th and 20th centuries. There is no charge to attend the recital.
Skyrm has long been interested in the music of Spain. Last spring while on sabbatical leave from The University of South Dakota, she traveled to Spain and Portugal and did research on 18th century keyboard music. When not looking at manuscripts in Spanish libraries and archives, she did some sight seeing in the cities, monasteries and churches where some of Spain's major composers lived and worked.
Tuesday's recital is a musical journey to those locations, featuring repertoire by Scarlatti, Soler, Larra�ga, Mompou, Rodrigo, and Alb�niz and representing places such as Madrid, El Escorial, Catalonia, the Basque Country, and Andalusia.
"There is a great diversity in musical styles in this repertoire," said Skyrm. "Of course there are the energetic rhythms and exotic harmonies of flamenco and Spanish folk music. But there are also influences of the Classical style of Haydn in the 18th century music, and Impressionism in the 20th-century pieces. The thing that ties it all together is an unmistakable Spanish spirit."