Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host a faculty recital Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. featuring Dr. Margaret Garrett, soprano, and Mr. David Stanley, countertenor. The recital, which is free and open to the public, will be held in McBeth Recital Hall of Mabee Fine Arts Center.
Garrett, assistant professor of music, and Stanley, instructor of music, will be assisted by Dr. Ouida Keck, Addie Mae Maddox Professor of Music at OBU, on piano and Dr. Kay McAfee, retired professor of organ and music history at Henderson State University, on organ.
“Not only is this a good opportunity that gives the faculty a chance to perform together, but it is also an excellent opportunity for both the student body and community at large to see and hear their faculty in ‘performance mode,’” Stanley said. “It’s an opportunity to literally practice and demonstrate what we preach in the studio!”
Garrett added that the recital provides “students an opportunity to see and hear the high level of artistry achieved by the faculty. It’s quite fun for us as faculty to have the opportunity to perform together.”
This is the first time Garrett and Stanley have performed together since Stanley joined the Ouachita faculty in 2011. “It is exciting for me to have the opportunity to sing with a countertenor, as I have never before had the chance to do so,” Garrett noted. “It is a rare voice type, and OBU students and community will have the opportunity to experience hearing a countertenor firsthand.”
The recital, titled “From the Profane to the Sacred,” will consist of Francis Poulenc’s song cycle “Le Bestiaire” and Theron Kirk’s song cycle “Prayers from the Ark.” According to Stanley, “both of these song sets are vivid, engaging descriptions of animals – from camels to gold fish to dolphins to goats to butterflies.”
The recital will conclude with Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater.” “Although this work was very popular at the time it was written, it is rarely performed today,” Garrett said. “The way that Pergolesi depicts Christ’s passion and suffering through music is breathtaking.”
For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
By Molly Anne Turner