Sept. 28, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Illinois Wesleyan School of Music will welcome alumnus William Powers '64 to speak at the School of Music's annual convocation at 4 p.m. Powers, a bass-baritone, will join pianist William Billingham to present a recital later that evening at 8 p.m. He will also offer a master class at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. All three events are free and open to the public and will take place in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington).
The recital will feature works by Bruno Huhn, Guiseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Mozart, Charles Gounod, Modest Mussorgsky, Frank Bridge, Cole Porter, Wolseley Charles, Harry Tierney, Steve Mark Kohn and an arrangement by M. Katz.
Powers is considered a Metropolitan Opera star and prominent bass-baritone in the music world, having performed in over 100 operatic roles in the United States, Europe and South America. He has studied under George London and Normal Treigle, and made his debut at the New York City Opera in the 1972 production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Recently, Powers was reviewed by the Opera News as, "a lively interpreter of opera characters from the entire bass-baritone spectrum."
Billingham has served as Assistant Conductor for the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 1995. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory and the University of Southern California. He began his opera career in Germany, and is active as a recital accompanist and chamber musician.
Powers and Billingham have collaborated for many recitals, and have produced two collections on CD, including: "A Few of My Favorite Things," and the soon to be released, "Good Renditions."
For additional information, contact the School of Music Office at (309) 556-3061.
See related story from the Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine.
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