I Hear America Singing
Vocal music in America has a history and diversity of style which incorporates an international heritage, yet is distinctive from other musical cultures. This course will look at what makes our music uniquely American, through opera, art song, orchestral song, choral music, and Broadway musical. Using videos, recordings, and live performances, we will examine both the familiar and the less well-known: from Romantics like Edward McDowell, past 20th century composers including Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber, to contemporaries such as Ned Rorem and John Adams. And, of course, there will also be a focus on great American singers. Without doubt, as in past years, there are sure to be musical surprises throughout the week!
Dale Duesing ’67 received the Grammy in 1993 for his recording of Samuel Barber’s The Lovers with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, was designated Singer of the Year by Opernwelt magazine in 1994, and has been described by Le Monde de la Musique magazine as a singer who transformed opera, turning it “upside down” with his performances of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. In addition to his singing, Duesing has been described as “one of the greatest actors on the opera scene” by Die Welt. In the past several years, Duesing has expanded his work to include stage direction. He was nominated in Opernwelt as Director of the Year for his direction of Il Viaggio a Rheims by Rossini at The Frankfurt Opera (Germany). Duesing was honored twice among the “Ten Best Productions/Performances in Europe”, once for his work as director for The St. John Passion by J.S. Bach, and once for his performance in the title role of Sweeney Todd in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd at the Nationale Reisoper Nederland (The Netherlands).