POCATELLO — Idaho State University voice faculty members Diana Livingston Friedley, soprano, Geoffrey Friedley, tenor, and Mark Neiwirth, pianist, will perform Hugo Wolf’s “Spanisches Liederbuch” at 7:30 p.m. March 8 on the stage of Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Seating will be limited.
Wolf’s 44 songs introduce his first attempt to combine Spanish literature, folk songs and dance. The poems are representative of 16th- and 17th-century Spanish poetry translated into German by Emanuel Geibel and Paul Heyse. The cycle is divided into two parts of sacred and secular texts. The sacred pieces juxtapose both morbid and poignant religious sentiments. Supported with rich, late-romantic German harmony, his secular songs are imbued with local Spanish color.
Neiwirth, pianist, recently received the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He is a Steinway Artist and maintains a precollege private piano studio in Pocatello.Tenor Geoffrey Friedley teaches voice and music history at ISU. In fall 2018, he musically directed ISU’s Theatre/Dance production of “First Date.” Last spring with ISU colleague Kori Bond, he performed Schubert’s monumental song cycle, “Winterreise.”Soprano Diana Livingston Friedley recently performed as the soloist for Poulenc’s “Gloria” in ISU’s annual “Joy to the World” Concert in December. Current projects include recording the vocal-chamber music of Howard Boatwright and preparing to direct the College of Arts and Letters Summer Musical “Bye-bye Birdie!” Livingston Friedley is professor of music at ISU.Ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $7 for ISU faculty and staff, $5 for pre-college students and free for ISU students with valid Bengal ID.