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Classical music in West Virginia and Beyond

Janis-Rozena Peri: Recital & Interview

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · April 28, 2011

On her recital this Sunday in Morgantown, soprano Janis-Rozena Peri will sing songs from different places and times in three different languages. Despite their differences, these songs some common ideas. We spoke earlier this week about the songs, the themes they share, and her approach to music and semi-retirement:

Listen to our conversation and check out her recital program here:

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Interview with Janis-Rozena Peri


The Community Music Program of the College of Creative Arts


Janis-Rozena Peri, soprano

Catherine Crotty, piano

Sunday, May 1, 5:30 p.m.

Music for a while.

All ye songsters                                                    Purcell

Music for a while     

Love can make you crazy .                                                          

Das verlassene Mägdelein                                 Hugo Wolf

Das verlassene Mägdelein                                 Robert Schumann

Spleen                                                        Claude Debussy                       

Losing my Mind                                                Sondheim                                                                                 

War: what is it good for?  Absolutely Nothing!!                        

C                                                                      Poulenc

Au pays ou se fait la guerre                               Deparc

Noel des enfants qui n’ont plus de maison           Debussy


 The Teacher-Student Connection: Arnold taught Alban who taught Kurt who taught etc.

Erhebung                                                   Arnold Schoenberg

Sommertage                                                      Alban Berg

Die Nachtigall                                                   Alban Berg

Surabaya Johnny                                               Kurt Weill


The great divide: body and spirit, with the river in between.

A Negro speaks of Rivers                                  Margaret Bonds

City Called Heaven                                           arr Hall Johnson

Ride on King Jesus                                            arr Hall Johnson

Music for a Royal Wedding

(Commentary, Just for Fun) Permanent link
By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · April 28, 2011
Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey

Will you be watching the wedding?

As if it's not wild enough that I'm heading to Moundsville for the next two days, I've promised a friend to stay up tonight (tomorrow morning?) and watch the royal wedding in our cabin.*  I hadn't quite been getting into the spirit of it all, but I'm now glad to know that there will be some good British music to enjoy along with all the pomp and circumstance.

No Pachelbel, Mendelssohn, or Wagner for these kids!

"Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton are pleased to announce the music for their Wedding Service. The music has a largely British theme. The Couple have put considerable thought into selecting the music, and their choices blend traditional music with some newly commissioned pieces."

Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Delius, Walton, Finzi, Maxwell Davies, Parry, Rutter... Check out the full list of wedding music selections here. Thanks to my colleague Beth Vorhees for sharing the link!

* As much as I like The Night of the Hunter, we will not be staying in the prison. I'm not as brave as some of my colleagues.

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