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Don't miss the student art exhibit in Founder Common Room this week featuring work in sculpture and silk screening using Schubert's Winterreise as a source of inspiration for visual elaboration.

On Friday, November 30, at 8 p.m., the Guest Artist Series presents Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson with pianist Curt Cacioppo performing Winterreise by Franz Schubert. There will also be a pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. with Karl Middleman. These events will be held in Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium. Ticket prices are $15 (Gen), $12 (Sr), $8 (Stu), $5 (7-17), and are free to the Bi-Co community. For more information: (610) 896-1011,

A veteran collaborator of Yannick Nézet-Séguin in opera, concert and art song, British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson is praised by critics for combining a “gloriously dark and powerful voice” with “exemplary sensitivity and nuance.” He joins with pianist Curt Cacioppo, noted by Fanfare for his “impressive virtuosity and infectious passion,” in Schubert’s poignant emotional odyssey. Karl Middleman, who will give the pre-concert talk, is a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker and music director of the Philadelphia Classical Symphony.

Over the summer, Cacioppo was composer in residence at the Carmel Bach Festival.  There he met the wonderful baritone from Montreal, Alexander Dobson.  The two read through Winterreise, and decided on the spot that they had to present it in concert on the performing artists series at Haverford College Nov. 30.

The concert is just one facet of what evolved into a campus-wide, semester long integrative learning initiative. With support from the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, some 60 students and five professors have joined together in an interdisciplinary journey over the three months. Students in Cacioppo’s chromatic harmony class have done an in-depth analysis of Schubert’s entire work and are composing response pieces to the cycle, Fine Arts students in sculpture and silk screening are using it as a source of inspiration for visual elaboration, students in German are doing research and film documentaries on the composers’ and artists’ creative activities, and all of these participants are linked together via Moodle chat room and in vivo class visits and social events that have been organized.

The student compositions will be read by Dobson and Cacioppo in the days before the concert, an exhibition of the student art work will go up in Founders Common Room the week of the concert accompanied by a showing of the film shorts that are being made, and a grand Viennese reception with Sachertort & marzipan delicacies will follow the Friday performance!

The path that leads to the Gardner Integrated Athletic Center and Whitehead Campus Center. The GIAC opened in 2006.

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