USD to host music scholarship benefit

USD to host music scholarship benefit
The University of South Dakota will host Aiello/Torkelson Scholarship Benefit Concert "Seasons of Love" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 in Colton Recital Hall.

Tenor Scott Piper joins USD faculty Aidan Soder, Christopher Mitchell and Susan Keith Gray for this concert in support of USD's music scholarship program.

Piper's rich, resonant voice and heady sex appeal have earned him acclaim in the title role in Verdi's Rigoletto, which he has performed with the Minnesota Opera, Compania Lirica National de Costa Rica; and Don Jos� in Carmen with Minnesota Opera. He also appeared as Alfredo in the DVD of Franco Zeffirelli's production of La Traviata conducted by Placido Domingo.


Soder, mezzo soprano, displays her exceptional versatility through the diversity of her orchestral, chamber, opera, and art song repertoire. Recent appearances include performances with the Delaware Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, and her debut with the Houston Symphony.

A native of Omaha, NE, she is an assistant professor of voice at USD.

Mitchell, a Michigan native, has served on the faculty of USD as assistant professor of music since 2002. He teaches studio voice, vocal literature and techniques and directs the Opera Workshop. As a performer, Mitchell, a baritone, has made recent appearances with the South Dakota Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, and with the Sioux County Oratorio Choir in the title role of Mendelssohn's Elijah.

Gray is in demand as a pianist. Acclaimed as a specialist in collaborative playing, she has performed in recital with a number of singers and instrumentalists throughout United States and abroad.

"Seasons of Love" will present over 300 years of arts song repertory that represents the many phases of love. The songs on the program have been chosen because their texts provide commentary, insight, dialogue, and observations on the many phases and types of love and love's natural cycle. Composers represented include Faur�, Rorem, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Poulenc, Brahms, Finzi, and Strauss, among many others. A $10 donation at the door will be charged.

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