UW-Green Bay faculty recital for voice and piano

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music program will present a faculty recital, Sunday, Sept. 12, featuring pianist David Severtson and soprano vocalist Courtney Sherman.

The free recital will be at 2 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and is open to the public.

The recital, titled “Music for the Theatre,” will begin with Severtson performing Holberg Suite, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg. The solo piano piece was written for a play.

“Music for a play is called incidental music, as it reflects the action of the drama, sometimes performed during the play, other times performed between scenes or acts,” Severtson said. “The music was composed during the 19th century, but is written in an 18th century style.”

In the second part of the recital, Sherman will perform songs from musical theatre shows including such favorites as “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music, “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables, “What I Did For Love” from A Chorus Line, and “Think of Me” from The Phantom of the Opera.

“Most of my recent performances have centered around the classical music genres of art song, opera, and oratorio,” Sherman said. “So I am delighted to be performing a recital of repertoire from musical theatre.”

Severtson is an assistant professor coordinating the UW-Green Bay piano program. He teaches studio piano lessons, keyboard musicianship, first-year ear training and Survey of Western Music. Before arriving at UW-Green Bay he taught at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

Sherman is an assistant professor of applied voice and music theatre voice. A native of Ludington, Mich., Sherman received a bachelor’s degree in voice performance from Western Michigan University and holds a master’s degree in opera/music theater performance and a doctorate in voice performance from Arizona State University. Before joining the UW-Green Bay faculty she taught at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla.


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