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Lia Jensen-Abbott Premiers Fanny Mendelssohn's "Das Jahr"
Albion College piano faculty member Lia Jensen-Abbott performs a recital of Fanny Mendelssohn's "Das Jahr" on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel. The recital will be prefaced by a lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Goodrich Room 127.
Fanny Mendelssohn, though eclipsed by her more famous brother Felix, was a prolific and accomplished composer in her own right. She composed "Das Jahr" as a song-cycle depicting each month of the year, the first of its kind in history. The score was written on colored paper, and accompanied by illustrations by her husband Wilhelm. She wrote in a personal letter that the compositions would serve as a "kind of second diary, or pleasant memoir" of her Italian tour during 1839-40.
The cycle lasts approximately 55 minutes. "Das Jahr" first saw publication in 1989, and due to the newly expanding scholarship on the work, Jensen-Abbott's recital is likely a Michigan premier of "Das Jahr."
Jensen-Abbott has been rehearsing as well as researching the piece for two years, with a focus on semiotics, in preparation for conferences and lectures.
Second Grandparents College Seen as Great Success
Nearly 50 participants spent June 22-24 on Albion College's campus, participating in classes chosen to appeal to grandparents and grandchildren ages 8 to 12. The 15 classes offered by Albion faculty and staff ranged from constructing bat houses and conducting chemistry experiments to writing original doo-wop songs and developing baseball skills.
Havens' FURSCA Experience Leads to Internship
Zane Havens, ’12, hasn’t met a riverbed he hasn’t liked. His grandfather Bill competed in canoeing events in the 1948 Olympic Games, his grand uncle Frank was a two-time Olympic medalist in canoeing, and his father, Keith, Albion College's swimming and diving coach, twice participated in the Olympic Trials in flat-water canoeing.
It’s no surprise, then, that Havens’ research interest at Albion has kept him close to waterways on which he could paddle. He spent the summer of 2010 studying the cloudiness of the water in the Kalamazoo River for a project funded by the College’s Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA). The FURSCA experience opened the door for a 2½-month internship with the Bureau of Land Management’s field office in Grand Junction, Colo., where he took measurements of stream discharge and looked for springs in the desert.