Written by Pearly Bowser
Albany, Ga – Music and history will blend when Albany State University’s Leroy E. Bynum Jr., dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, presents a lecture and recital about Germany’s most celebrated art song composer. The T. Marshall Jones Fine Arts and Lyceum Performance Series features Franz Schubert’s “The Lovely Miller-maid” lecture Wednesday, March 6 at noon in the James Pendergrast Library Auditorium, Room 114 located on the campus. Bynum will perform Die Schöne Müllerin at a recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at the Albany Museum of Art, located at 311 Meadowlark Drive.
While on a Fulbright Fellowship in the early 90’s, Bynum studied voice and song literature with noted performer and interpreter of Shubert’s work, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau who died last year. He will share Dieskau’s notes and their collective insights about Schubert’s song cycle at the lecture.
Among Schubert’s most treasured works, Die Schöne Müllerin is the story of a young traveler who meets and falls in love with a beautiful miller-maid. His jealousy, heartbreak, pride and finally tragic resignation to her loss is performed in an intimate chamber style setting surrounded by the audience.
Bynum, a tenor, is a well-traveled performer. He has appeared as a recitalist and soloist throughout North and South America, and Europe. He sang in operatic roles with the Munich Opera, the German States Opera in Berlin and the St. Petersburg Opera.
Gina Lawhon will accompany Bynum on piano.
The event is sponsored by the T. Marshall Jones Fines Arts and Lyceum Performance Series. For more information telephone the ASU Department of Fine Arts at (229) 430-4849. Admission is free.