Soprano Kathleen Roland Presents Guest Artist Recital at Crane


Soprano Kathleen Roland will present a concert of Swedish song accompanied by Kirk Severtson on piano on Sept. 16 at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will present a concert featuring guest artist Kathleen Roland, soprano, on Monday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater. She will be accompanied by Crane faculty member Kirk Severtson on piano. The performance will feature art songs by Swedish composers.

Dr. Roland is a senior Fulbright scholar whose anthology of Swedish song, "Romanser: 24 Swedish Songs with Guide to Swedish Lyric Diction," will soon be published. She began the anthology while a 2003 American Scandinavian Foundation grantee, and later continued it while doing her 2007 Fulbright residency at the Royal Conservatory in Stockholm. Her article, "Romancing the Romanser: Exploring the Art Song of Sweden," was published in the November 2012 issue of Journal of Singing.

"The beauty of this Romantic music and poetry from Sweden surely rivals that of more-frequently heard songs from Germany, and deserves to be heard and performed more often! Audience members will be fortunate to hear an expert in the Swedish repertoire such as Dr. Roland when they attend this concert," said Dr. Severtson, who is the chair of the Department of Music Performance at Crane.

This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

About the performer:

Kathleen Roland is an assistant professor of music at the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music. She is a highly regarded concert soloist, well known for her interpretation of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has been a featured singer with many music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Institute and the Tanglewood Music Festival, and has performed with many prominent conductors, including James Conlon, Kent Nagano, Reinbert de Leeuw, James Mauceri and Oliver Knussen.

Her 2007 Fulbright award and a 2003 American-Scandinavian Foundation grant have made possible continued research on the vocal music of Sweden, as well as performances and masterclasses on American art song in Sweden. Roland has been a lecture recital presenter for the National Association for Teachers of Singing and the College Music Society. In 2009, she was an invited presenter at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Paris, where she presented her research on the groundbreaking 21st-century Swedish opera, "Marie Antoinette, och hennes Kärlek till Axel von Fersen."

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Chapman College and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in voice from the University of Southern California. She serves on the board of the National Opera Association and is editor of the organization's newsletter, NOA Notes.

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