Nova Singers Features Harpist, April 18-19

Nova Singers, under the direction of Laura Lane, presents two performances of “Lullabies and Folksongs” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at Kresge Recital Hall, and 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.

Nova Singers will be joined by harpist Erin Freund for an evening of music for harp and voices. Soak up the romantic harmonies of Brahms’ “Four Songs” for women’s voices, harp, and two horns, and the nostalgia and charm of familiar English and American folksongs arranged by Cecilia McDowall, Robert Shaw and Alice Parker. Everyone will love Conrad Susa’s “Carols and Lullabies” featuring harp, guitar and marimba.

Freund is a versatile harpist, equally at home performing solo music, chamber music, and orchestral repertoire. Freund is a frequent recitalist and embraces the challenge of performing virtuosic solo repertoire, spanning ancient and modern works that display the full capabilities of the harp. She is a part-time Assistant Professor of music at Augustana College where she teaches both private harp lessons in her studio, and sections of Music Appreciation in the classroom. Freund is a registered Suzuki harp teacher, and has served on the faculty of Indiana University South Bend’s Raclin School of the Arts, as well as the Music Institute of Chicago.

Tickets are available at the door or online at www.novasingers.com. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge. For information about tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers events, call 341-7038, or email nova@knox.edu.