An evening of song with Jennifer Jakob

Soprano Jennifer Jakob will perform an intimate “Liederabend” for the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in Graham Chapel.

Literally translated as an “evening of song,” Liederabend is a German term referring to a recital given by a singer and pianist, particularly of works by 19th-century Austrian or German composers.

The program will open with nine songs from Hugo Wolf’s “Italienisches Liederbuch” (1892-96) followed by three songs by Johannes Brahms. The program will then continue with four “Mignon songs” — based on the character from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel “Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship” (1795) — which include compositions by Wolf, Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. Concluding the program are four songs by Richard Strauss.

Jakob, a native of Kempten, Germany, earned her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, where she won the Senior Concerto Competition and was chosen to participate in the Danenberg Honors Recital performing a set of Strauss Lieder. She currently is working toward a master’s degree at Indiana University and in February will sing the role of Rita Billingsley in the collegiate premiere of William Bolcom’s “A Wedding” (2004).

In 2005, Jakob debuted in Italy as Clarina in Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cambiale di Matrimonio” (1810) and was chosen to sing for the famous Italian soprano Mirella Freni. For the past two summers, she has been a Gerdine Young Artist for Opera Theatre of St. Louis, covering the role of Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene” (1947) and the title role in David Carlson’s “Anna Karenina” (2007).

Last April, Jakob won a prestigious Sara Tucker Study Grant, awarded annually by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation in New York.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 935-5566.