Zeller, Willson perform on George Fox campus April 12
Richard Zeller, one of America’s foremost baritones, will join with music professor and Bösendorfer Educational Artist Kenn Willson to perform at George Fox University’s Bösendorfer Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Bauman Auditorium on the school’s Newberg, Ore., campus.
Zeller, a 1983 George Fox graduate, is known for his sonorous dramatic voice, a compelling stage presence and musicianship. His opera engagements have included 12 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera and dates at opera houses around the world.
Tickets for the recital are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and alumni, and $5 for students and children under 12. Tickets may be purchased by clicking the below link or by calling the school’s box office at 503-554-3844.
Zeller will sing a selection of pieces that include works by Johannes Brahms (Botshaft, Wie Melodien Zieht es Mir), Richard Strauss (Allerseelen, Morgen), Robert MacGimsey (Land of Degredation, Sweet Little Jesus Boy), and Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (Some Enchanted Evening).
Zeller is celebrated for his concert and oratorio singing as well as opera, and is especially known for his interpretation of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, and Brahms’ Requiem, among many others. He has sung with virtually all the major orchestras in the U.S., including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, and the National Symphony.
International orchestra credits include the Toronto Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle, Tokyo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.
Willson, a tenured professor of music at the university, has traveled to Vienna, Austria, and to the Piano Academy in Recanati, Italy, to perform. He is also known throughout the region for his “Encounters with Beethoven” performances.
Willson will perform the Beethoven pieces German Dance #1, Sonata Op. #31 #3 and Sonata Op. 27 #2, ‘Moonlight.’” He will perform on the university’s Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano, often called the “Rolls Royce of Pianos,” he said. The venue is noted for its acoustics, annually hosting the Oregon Symphony.
Bösendorfer Concert Series
The concert, sponsored by George Fox’s performing arts department, has brought in world-renowned classical pianists since its inception in 2007. Past performers have included Baruch Meir, Valentina Lisitsa of Ukraine and Italian pianist Gianluca Luisi.
For more information, call the university’s Department of Performing Arts at 503-554-2620.