KEARNEY – UNK student musicians and faculty member Sharon Campbell will stage a concert that provides a glimpse into the life and work of poet Emily Dickinson.
“SISTER – Show Me Eternity: Scenes of Sisterhood, Seclusion, and Strength” is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (March 4) at the Fine Arts Recital Hall on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. It is free and open to the public.
The concert is a multimedia touring collaboration of faculty from UNK, Skidmore College and Concordia College (Minn.). It incorporates literature, guest artists, commissioned work and student performances.
The concert will be performed by soprano Sylvia Stoner of Skidmore College; soprano Anne Jennifer Nash of Concordia College; and mezzo-soprano Campbell, associate professor of UNK’s Music, Theatre and Dance Department. Skidmore College Assistant Professor of Music Evan Mack is pianist.
The concert was conceived by Stoner, is directed by Elizabeth Margolius, and directed and partially composed by Mack.
The show includes performances by UNK students Tierney Casper, soprano; Hyeon-Gyeong Kim, mezzo-soprano; and Matthew Ideus and John Robert Jacobs, basses.
The concert alludes to biographical events and relationships in Dickinson’s life, with Stoner portraying Emily Dickinson, Nash portraying Dickinson’s younger sister, Lavinia Dickinson, and Campbell portraying their sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert.
“The ensemble also represents characters in the Dickinson family’s life. Art songs by sixteen different composers, including Aaron Copland and Libby Larson, are combined with pieces composed for this concert by Evan Mack to weave a thematic tapestry representing the poet’s life, relationships and art,” Campbell said.
The concert also will be presented at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 1).