Written by Pearly Bowser
Albany – Albany State University begins the spring T. Marshall Jones Fine Arts and Lyceum Performance Series with a joint recital of masterworks written specifically for voice and guitar. The faculty-guest recital entitled, “Just like Old Times” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Albany Museum of Art. The performance will feature longtime friends and colleagues, tenor Leroy E. Bynum, Jr. and guitarist, Andrew E. Zohn.
The evening’s repertoire includes art songs by John Dowland, Benjamin Britten, Franz Schubert, Matyas Seiber, and Dominick Argento. Bynum, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and professor of voice and opera at Albany State University, also maintains an active performance career appearing in solo recitals as a featured soloist and in opera productions throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Zohn, a much sought after performer, composer and pedagogue, is professor of guitar at Columbus State University where he has established one of the country’s leading guitar programs. He is also the founder and director of Columbus State’s internationally known Annual Guitar Festival and Competition.
The musical collaborations of Bynum and Zohn go back nearly twenty years with joint performances that punctuate each artist’s professional career.
“I find it thoroughly rewarding working with a guitarist, and with Andrew Zohn in particular,” Bynum said. “There’s a uniquely uncluttered purity between the voice and the guitar that is not only very apparent, but also quite transparent, revealing the combined beauty of the two instruments, as well as any flaws. With that in mind it becomes incumbent upon both performers to bring their best, as there is no place to hide. In this regard, Andrew is one of the most consummate musicians with whom I’ve ever worked, always meticulously prepared and completely sensitive to the ensemble. That level of musical reciprocity is rare and I think comes, in part, from Andrew and I having been friends for so long.”
The Albany Museum of Art is located at 311 Meadowlark Dr. There is no charge for admission.