CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Soprano Leanne Freeman-Miller will present a guest recital at the
UI March 2
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three faculty artists from Drake University will
present a recital of vocal and flute music as a guests of the University
of Iowa School of Music at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in Clapp Recital Hall
on the UI campus.
Performing works from the Baroque period to the 20th century will be
soprano Leanne Freeman-Miller, assisted by pianist Michelle Kavlik-Jergens
and flutist Patricia Shinehouse.
Freeman-Miller will open the recital with three arias from cantatas
by J.S. Bach: "Mein glaeubiges Herze" (My heart ever faithful)
from Cantata 68; "Ei, wie schmeckt der Kaffee suesse" (Oh, how
sweet the coffee tastes) from Cantata 211, known as the "Coffee Cantata";
and "Sheep may safely graze" from Cantata 208.
The Bach arias will be followed by groups of songs by Franz Liszt and
Sergei Rachmaninoff. Next, Shinehouse will perform the Fantasie of Georges
Hue, followed by Freeman-Miller's performances of operatic arias by Mozart
and Puccini. The recital, performed without intermission, will conclude
with three entertaining songs by contemporary American composer Seymour
Barab: "I'll Never go to Macy's," "Miss Lucy" and "Spanish
In addition to playing the Hue Fantasie, Shinehouse will join Freeman-Miller
for two of the Bach arias and the Mozart.
Freeman-Miller said that the program represents music that she enjoys
performing. "I really enjoy opening with Baroque music because it
serves as a warm-up -- it's an easy sing for me. Liszt and Rachmaninoff
are such passionate composers, as is Puccini, which is why I chose to do
their music. And the Barab allows me to let my hair down after all that
seriousness and just have fun at the end of the recital -- I'm sure the
audience needs it, too!"
Freeman-Miller has appeared frequently as a soloist with many performing
groups in the Midwest, including a collaboration of the Des Moines Choral
Society and Des Moines Ballet's premier of Stephen Laurent's "Catulli
Carmina" and the Choral Society's production of Haydn's "The
Creation." She has appeared as soprano soloist for the Des Moines
Community Orchestra's and Choral Society's performances of Handel's "Messiah"
and has been the featured soprano soloist for many oratorios and other
major choral works.
She has also appeared in leading roles on the OPERAespresso series at
St. Paul's Cathedral and has extensive musical theatre experience in both
performing and musical direction. She most recently served as musical director
for the Des Moines Playhouse productions of "Crazy For You" and
"The King & I."
Freeman-Miller has twice been a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan
Opera National Council Auditions and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, national
honorary music society. Her students are frequent winners of the National
Association of Teachers of Singing and Music Teachers National Association
competitions. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of South
Dakota and a master's in vocal performance from Drake.
Havlik-Jergens is staff accompanist at Drake University. A native of
Humboldt, she studied piano with Chiu-Ling Lin at Drake, graduating with
a bachelor's degree in piano pedagogy. She has performed with the Drake,
Wartburg and Fort Dodge symphonies and is a two-time winner of the Top
Keyboard Artist Award in Iowa. She serves as an accompanist for the Ft.
Dodge Choral Society and the Webster City Community Chorus. She has performed
at several Iowa colleges and accompanied master classes by Simon Estes,
Dawn Upshaw, Sherill Milnes and Shirlee Emmons.
Shinehouse teaches flute at Drake University and is principal flute
with the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera. She has performed solo and chamber
music recitals at Smith College, Brandeis University and in New Delhi,
India, through the U.S. Information Agency. She has participated in chamber
music performances at the National Flute Convention in New York City. Her
recordings include a CD of traditional Celtic music on the Alcazar Productions
label. At Drake, she directs the Drake Flute Choir, teaches courses on
world music and women in music, and produces the Drake World Music Series,
which has brought ethnic music groups to Drake for performances and workshops.