Abbey Jensen performs her senior voice recital Saturday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel. Albion professor emeritus Royal Ward and choral director John Russell are special guest performers.
Jensen's concert represents a collection of pieces ranging in age, style and language. The program includes a set of five Franz Schubert lieder, a Bach cantata, four French pieces by romantic composers Gabriel Faure and Cesar Franck, and four selections from Leonard Bernstein musicals.
"I always put a good deal of weight on the quality of the accompaniment when I choose my repertoire," Jensen says. "I believe a lot more can be said during a song if the piano is not constantly doubling the voice. My accompanist, Susan Lawrence, and I are especially proud of our collaboration on Faure's 'Claire de Lune' and 'En Sourdine,' though all the songs I have chosen feature very musical piano parts."
Jensen is studying music education and will graduate in December following a semester of student teaching. Jensen is a member of the Briton Singers and Concert Choir, where she serves as choir vice president and librarian. She is involved in the Albion College bands, playing alto saxophone in Symphonic Band and serving as drum major for the British Eighth Marching Band. She is president of the Albion chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi national honorary band fraternity, a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, and a member of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. This May, she will be working with and conducting the Albion High School band as a part of the Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development's "Maymester" program.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 517/629-0481 or email .