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'Winter's Tale': a musical journey

Soprano Rebecca Weaver Hamm and pianist Patricia Wiggers will present “A Winter’s Tale,” a faculty guest recital, on Feb. 9, 2014 at 3 p.m. in Alfred University’s (AU) Susan Howell Hall. The recital is free and open to the public with a reception by the music faculty to follow.

Drawing from the rich world of art song, “A Winter’s Tale” takes the audience on a journey from the stark loneliness of winter to the lushness of high summer with songs by Samuel Barber, Johannes Brahms, and Roger Quilter. “A Winter’s Tale” brings together many of Weaver Hamm’s favorite songs, both staples of her own repertoire and songs that she has taught but not yet sung.

The songs, largely by American and English composers, visit the poetry of A.E. Housman, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, and Alfred Lord Tennyson. While they run the gamut from Brahms’ lush Romantic “Lieder” to Jake Heggie’s contemporary take on a familiar folksong, these songs all touch upon the common themes of humanity: love, loss, hope, and wonder.

Weaver Hamm is an adjunct instructor of voice at AU and director of music and arts at the Hornell YMCA. She is completing doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester.

Wiggers has taught music for 33 years at the Intermediate School in Hornell and is a member of the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble, Orpheus Chorale, and Hornell Community Chorus. She frequently accompanies recitals at AU and throughout the area.