Concerts-on-the-Platte Series Presents UNK Baritone Dr. Andrew White on Feb. 8

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UNK– The University of Nebraska at Kearney Concerts-on-the-Platte series on Monday, Feb. 8, will feature the first performance of an original composition created for vocalist Dr. Andrew White.

“The song is an ancient Rumi love poem titled, ‘In a Timeless Sweet Land,’ and is dedicated to me and my wife Elizabeth,” Dr. White said. The piece was composed by Dr. Darleen Mitchell, UNK associate professor of music, and was written for voice and cello. Dr. White, a baritone, will be accompanied on cello by Dr. Noah Rogoff, a UNK assistant professor of music.

The Concerts-on-the-Platte series is sponsored by the UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts. The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. White has appeared in concert as a soloist with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra. He won the VARN competition in 1997 and the 1995 Richardson Awards Vocal Competition. As a graduate student, Dr. White was granted a full scholarship to study in Switzerland with Gerard Souzay and Dalton Baldwin.

He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from The Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University. Dr. White has previously served on the voice faculties of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Akron, Hiram College and Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory. In 1995, he made his New York recital debut in Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in a program devoted to the songs of Cleveland composer Frederick Koch.

Dr. White will also perform a series of songs for voice and organ by composers Leo Sowerby and Charles Stanford. Dr. Marilyn Musick will play the organ.

Dr. Musick has been an organist and music director for several churches in Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney. She has performed as the accompanist for the Omaha Symphonic Chorus and the Nebraska Choral Arts Society in Omaha. Dr. Musick completed her undergraduate degree in music from Dana College, and earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in organ performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Pianist Todd Thalken will also accompany Dr. White during a song cycle by Oklahoma composer Stephen Weber titled, “Words.”