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Tenor Brennfleck to Perform, Teach Master Class

St. Lawrence University’s Department of Music will host Steven Brennfleck as the Gretchen Bence Young Artist in Residence for 2014. The vocal tenor will be on campus from Jan. 28 through Feb. 2, visiting classes and chorus rehearsals, teaching a master class and performing a recital.

Brennfleck has been acknowledged for his consummate artistry, vocal flexibility and moving interpretations on the operatic and concert stage. Praised by The New York Times as “…dramatically astute” and a “…stand out” performer, he has received recognition from some of the country’s top vocal competitions. His opera credits include performances with the Caramoor Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Portland Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, The Tanglewood Festival and the Westminster Opera Theatre. He has received recognition from some of the country’s top vocal competitions and has appeared in concert and oratorio with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the Princeton Youth Orchestra, the Princeton Baroque Orchestra, the Temple Symphony Orchestra, the Abington Symphony Orchestra, the Westminster Festival Orchestra, and Princeton Pro Musica. Brennfleck was also chosen as a fellow for the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar held at the State University of New York at Potsdam's Crane School School of Music.

Brennfleck will teach a vocal master class at St. Lawrence University beginning at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 1. At 2 p.m., Feb. 2, he will perform in recital on campus. Both events will take place in the Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall, Griffiths Arts Center, and both events are free and open to the public.

For his recital program, Brennfleck has chosen Franz Schubert’s "Die Schöne Müllerin” ("The Fair Miller-Maid"). In this sequence of 20 songs, Schubert leads the audience intimately into the heart and mind of a young miller, as he falls ecstatically in and tragically out of love. 

“The places Schubert takes us in many of these songs are not comfortable ones but the purpose of artistic expression is to not only shed light on our joys, passions, and desires, but also our sorrows, weaknesses, and shortfalls,” Brennfleck said. “Schubert manages to accomplish all of the above in this cycle as we follow the miller through his journey.” 

Barbara Phillips-Farley, instructional specialist in music, will accompany him on piano during the recital.

Established in 1987 in memory of Gretchen Bence ’50, the fund supports the Young Artists Series, which brings singers or instrumentalists to perform on campus.

To learn more about Brennfleck, visit www.stevenbrennfleck.com

For more information, contact Julia Pomainville at 315-229-5184 or at jpomainville@stlawu.edu.