18 January, 2018
Soprano Melanie Williams and guitarist Alan Goldspiel conquered the winter weather to perform at Auburn University’s A Little Lunch Music series.
After a delayed start due to snow and ice in the region, the free hour-long performance went off without a hitch at the university’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
The duo performed a series of pieces from a wide variety of composers as well as one composition written by and three others arranged by Dr. Goldspiel himself. The program also featured Goldspiel’s solo guitar music, Nature Sketches. The series director, Patrick McCurry, was pleased with the turn-out and stated, “I loved hearing your music, and thank you so much for braving the ice to perform for us.”
The following is the program performed by the duo:
Matyas Seiber (1905-1960)
Four French Folk Songs – Reveillez-vous/J’ai descendu/Le Rossignol/Marguerite, elle est malade
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
The Divan of Moses-Ibn Ezra (1055-1135)
Part 1 – Songs of Wandering
1. “When the morning of life had passed…”
2. “The dove that nests in the tree top…”
With Solitude and Song – Echos/Links/The End of the Song
Nature Sketches – Twilight/Dark Clouds/Windstorm
John W. Duarte (1919-2004)
Hark, Hark, The Ark! – I. Tiger, Tiger Burning Etc./II. The Lion/ III. The Swans/IV. Ant and Eleph-ant/V. The Flea/VI. Silly Old Baboon
Three Lullabies (arr. Goldspiel)
Yankele – Mordechai Gebirtig (1877-1942)
Summertime – George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Oifn Pripitshok – Mark Warshawsky (1848-1907)
After the A Little Lunch Music performance, Williams was informed that the accompanist for her afternoon Master Class was unable to get to the University due to the snow and ice. Auburn professor, Dr. Matthew Hoch, then asked Dr. Goldspiel to stay and perform with Williams.
The Master Class took place at Auburn University’s Goodwin Hall, home of the University’s Department of Music.
The duo performed Goldspiel’s With Solitude and Song and his arrangements of the Three Lullabies for the Auburn students.
Check out this brief promo clip for the performance:
For more information about Melanie Williams and Alan Goldspiel you can read the official press release for the event by clicking here!
For more information on the A Little Lunch Music series and upcoming performances click here!