Pilkington and Hayner to present Piedmont recital
Tenor Jonathan Pilkington, a voice instructor at Piedmont College, and pianist Dr. Phillip Hayner, will present a recital at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Chapel at the college in Demorest. The performance is free and the public is invited
Robert Schumann's "Dictherliebe" will be the centerpiece of the program. "It is a cycle of 16 songs that are settings of poems by Heinrich Heine," Pilkington said. "Schumann composed it in 1840, the year in which he married his wife, Clara, which is also known as his 'year of song.'"
Continuing on the theme of love are two French songs from the turn of the 20th Century, "A Chloris" by Reynaldo Hahn and "Phidylé" by Henri Duparc. The recital will end with a group of three songs and one aria by American composers. "On the eve of the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, these are a sampling of songs from throughout our nation's history, also on the theme of love," Pilkington said. "They are included as a tribute to the diverse creativity that is achieved in our free society. Finally, the aria, 'New York Lights' from William Bolcom's opera, 'A View from the Bridge,' is a love song to New York City."