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Hope College music students will present a “Liederabend” (evening of song) on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in Semelink Lecture Hall of Western Theological Seminary.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The concert will feature singers enrolled in the college’s German Diction class. Students in the class learn to transliterate German texts into the International Phonetic Alphabet, learn to pronounce German texts, and study the development of the German Lied. A special feature of this year’s class is a series of four Skype master classes with a German tenor in Munich. Each singer performs via Skype for Herr Schuricke in Munich, Germany, during the class, receiving pronunciation and interpretive feedback from a performer with whom Linda Dykstra, who is the course’s instructor and an associate professor of music, sang when she lived in Germany.
Dykstra began the Liederabend tradition in 1998 with the institution of the Diction for Singers sequence of classes. It was established to provide a historical performance context for the intimate Lied, as well as an opportunity for the students to perform the repertoire they learn in the class. In keeping with the authenticity of the event, coffee and German tortes are served at a reception following the performance.