Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the UT School of Music's guest artist series is the chance to hear musicians and music that not only will you not hear elsewhere, but that might be completely new to your musical experience.
The last guest artist appearance of the 2013 Spring Semester will be soprano Manuela Formichella who will perform a program of Italian "chamber romances" for violin and piano by Francesco Paolo Tosti.
Briefly--Tosti, born in the Abruzzi region of Italy in 1846, became known for his romantic songs that have acquired celebrity thanks to recordings from Pavarotti and Bocelli, among others.
One of the Tosti songs, "Vorrei" ("I Wish"), has also been given a new setting by UT School of Music composer Brendan McConville. His note on the work:
"In summer 2012, Ms. Formichella requested a new version of a Tosti setting. Formichella and McConville selected Tosti's "Vorrei," and Formichella asked that it be a tonal work inspired by the music of Tosti and Abruzzo. McConville's setting is a contemporary homage to Tosti's music. Both McConville's and Tosti's settings of "Vorrei" will be performed at a special concert celebrating D'Annunzio this July in Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy. The event will be aired on the Italian television stations Teleponte, Telemare, and SKY."
Where: Performance Hall 32, Alumni Memorial Building
When: Wednesday, April 24, 6:00 pm