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Singer to Perform Recital on Dreams, Love

Singer to Perform Recital on Dreams, LoveA Houston singer will present a recital of songs about dreams and love at Lone Star College-Kingwood on Friday, Nov. 15.

Soprano Nicole Kenley will present “The Expanse of a Dream” at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Music Instructional Building Recital Hall. The recital, accompanied by pianist Alina Klimaszewska, will feature songs by well-known composers such as Handel, Mozart, and Debussy in addition to two cycles of songs by lesser-known 20th century composers, Alan Berg and Peter Lieberson. The performance will be less than an hour.

“I am delighted to be singing for the first time in Kingwood, after having collaborated previously with several of LSC-Kingwood’s esteemed music faculty in other Houston-area productions,” Kenley said.

In the recital, the artist will explore the various forms of love and dreams that humanity has sought throughout time – the love of spiritual devotion; young love forced to come of age; jealous love seeking revenge, and the grief and acceptance of lost love – all themes that could just as easily be found in a Yahoo news article or a Facebook status today.

“Nicole Kenley is a consummate artist and a good friend. I feel that she has much to say and much to share about life,” said Jay Whatley, department chair and music professor at LSC-Kingwood.

Kenley is a poet and a champion of integrating technology into the presentation of the classical song recital in order to better communicate the meaning of the text for modern-day audiences who may not speak the original language in which the songs are sung.  The recital will feature the projection of the English translations for each song, akin to surtitles projected at the Houston Grand Opera.

“This will allow patrons to focus on the performance and on the words of the songs without having to look away from the visual of the performer’s dramatic interpretation,” Whatley said.

Kenley teaches voice and opera at Houston Baptist University. She is a former adjunct instructor at the LSC-Tomball campus and has also directed musicals for LSC-CyFair.

General admission tickets to Kenley’s “The Expanse of a Dream”, is $5. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 281-312-1709 or email Angie.Spargur@LoneStar.edu.

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