Tenor Dominic Armstrong to present Liederabend Oct. 26

Program to highlight Brahms' *Romanzen aus Tieck's Magelone*

Tenor Dominic Armstrong will perform an intimate Liederabend for the Washington University Department of Music in Arts & Sciences at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

Literally translated as “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 Oct. 26 program will feature Romanzen aus Tieck’s Magelone, Op. 33 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Accompanying Armstrong will be pianist Sandra Geary, teacher of applied music at Washington University.

Dominic Armstrong
Dominic Armstrong

The concert is free and open to the public and will take place in Graham Chapel, located immediately north of the Mallinckrodt Student Center, 6445 Forsyth Blvd. The program is sponsored in association with the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures in Arts & Sciences. For more information, call (314) 935-5566 or email kschultz@artsci.wustl.edu.

Brahms’ only song cycle, Romanzen aus Tieck’s Magelone consists of 15 loosely knit romances — originally published in five volumes between 1865 and 1869 — following the melancholic courtship of noble knight errant and a beautiful princess. Brahms based the cycle,which he dedicated to a friend, the baritone Julius Stockhausen, on the novella Liebesgeschichte der schönen Magelone und des Grafen Peter von Provence (Wondrous Love Story of the Beautiful Magelone and Peter, the Count of Provence) (1797) by the German poet and novelist Johann Ludwig Tieck (1773-1853).

Armstrong, a native of Kirksville, MO, holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Truman State University and a master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School in New York. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in opera at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where his credits include Die Zauberflöte, La Rondine, Postcard from Morocco, Iolanta and L’elisir d’amore.

Armstrong also has performed with Opera Theatre St. Louis, the Kansas City Symphony and the University of Missouri Symphony, as well as with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Chautauqua Youth Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Next spring Armstong will star in Chicago Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, conducted by Jane Glover. Last spring he portrayed Macheath in Benjamin Britten’s version of The Beggar’s Opera, conducted by Lorin Maazel, while in residence at The Chateauville Foundation in Amissville, VA. He also recently served as a Filene Young Artist at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA, performing the title role of Candide under the baton of Stephen Lord.

Armstrong was a grand finalist in the 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Other honors include prizes at the 2008 George London Foundation Awards competition; the 2000-01 National Association of Teachers of Singing Midwest District and Regional competitions; and the 1998 and 2001 Truman State University’s Gold Medal Aria Competition.

Calendar Summary

WHO: Tenor Dominic Armstrong

WHAT: Liederabend

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26

WHERE: Graham Chapel, located immediately north of the Mallinckrodt Student Center, 6445 Forsyth Blvd.

PROGRAM: Romanzen aus Tieck’s Magelone, Op. 33 by Johannes Brahms

COST: Free

INFORMATION: (314) 935-5566 or kschultz@artsci.wustl.edu

SPONSOR Washington University’s Department of Music and Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, both in Arts & Sciences