Canadian premiere of song cycle on offer Friday

The Canadian premiere of a seven-song cycle based on Norwegian poetry is featured on the program of a concert Friday, October 20, in Assumption Hall’s Heritage Auditorium.

Soprano Jennifer Swanson will join clarinetist Trevor Pittman and pianist Michael Karloff of the University of Windsor in performing Nattsanger (Night Songs), composed for her by Abbie Betinis with texts by Rolf Jacobsen.

In keeping with the texts in Nattsanger, the evening’s program revolves around subjects associated with night and darkness: dreams, stars, mystery, secrets, etc.

“Luckily, there is no shortage of songs on these topics,” says Dr. Swanson. “So I chose works representing a variety of styles, languages, and moods. We have songs about the beauty of the night sky and the power of darkness to conceal our emotions and our enterprises. We have a lullaby, songs to the moon, and a final group guaranteed to alter your perspective on one of the major food groups.”

The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20; $5 for students.

Find more information, including program notes and a brief profile of Swanson, on the event webpage.