Faculty + Friends Recital Series: Stephen Morscheck + Suzanne Klukas
Faculty + Friends Recital Series
To Him, whose wisdom form’d the ear:
Songs of Life and Love
texts from Ecclesiastes to Shakespeare,
set by Purcell/Britten, Brahms, Finzi, Verdi and more
Join Bass-Baritone Stephen Morscheck, illustrious guest artist from the University of North Texas, and TWU’s Suzanne Klukas, Piano, in an art song journey through life and love.
(A masterclass for students/instructors will follow the recital after a break.)
Tickets: $20 adults / $15 seniors / $10 students (at the door or through Eventbrite)
Bass-baritone Stephen Morscheck is widely respected for the dignity he brings in both concert and operatic performances. “Stephen Morscheck’s Leporello was genuinely funny, as well as solidly sung. His catalogue aria was almost too effective, drawing applause before its conclusion,” says Opera News of his performance in Don Giovanni. Of Verdi’s Requiem, The Boston Herald said he, “projected…with just the right thrilling, in-your-ear Verdian punch… Morscheck’s bass seemed the perfect medium for some of heaven’s sterner pronouncements.” This season’s engagements include the role of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Glacier Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, a soloist in St. Matthew’s Passion with The Bach Society of St. Lewis and the 2017 Pohang Music Festival with The Bridge Company in Pohang, Korea.
Known for his stunning interpretations of oratorio repertoire, Mr. Morscheck is highly sought after on concert and recital stages.
Suzanne Klukas holds an MA in Piano Chamber Music from the Hochschule fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria, the highest (eight year) performance degree in Austria which she completed in 1997 and included her thesis, Der Dichter spricht - Links Between Schumann’s Piano Trio Opus 80 and the Songs, written in the Institute for Critical Music Aesthetics and Research. Her degree studies and living costs in Austria were generously funded by the Austrian government and the Strauss Foundation after a competitive audition and interview process.
Also a passionate teacher, Ms Klukas teaches at Trinity Western University, the University of British Columbia Summer Voice Institute, Delta Community Music School (whose students generously serve as a practicum opportunity for her Piano Pedagogy class at TWU) and in 2014 joined the faculty of the Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary.