University choral director to present solo recital March 29

March 24, 2014

Jerry Hui, director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at University of Wisconsin-Stout, will perform a solo voice recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 910 9th St. E., in Menomonie.

Admission is free.

Jerry HuiHui, making his Menomonie-area debut, will be accompanied by pianist Phillip Dorn.

The recital, "A Poet's Love," will explore different facets of love as a human experience through songs by German and American composers. The main feature is Robert Schumann's "Dichterliebe Op. 48" with poems by Heinrich Heine, which spans from the longing of first love to the bitter remembrance of romance past.

Meanwhile, a selection from Hugo Wolf's "Eichendorff Lieder," composed only 40 years later, contrasts Schumann's intimate music with wild imagination in both the musical language and the often abstract poetry by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff.

The recital will include the world premieres of "Time Sonnets," two settings of poems by William Shakespeare and composed by Minneapolis-based composer Thomas C. Lang. It ponders the inevitability of time in people's brief existence. Also, "Chamber Music," with music composed by Hui and text by James Joyce, is a song cycle on the nature of love as the lovers grow old.