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April 13: Department of Music Faculty Recital

Faculty members Kimm Julian and Stephanie Thorpe to perform.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 3-19-2014

Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music presents Kimm Julian, baritone, and Stephanie R. Thorpe, soprano, in an afternoon program titled "Emotional Music: Love, Hate, and Drama." The recital takes place Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

The recital is unique in that a number of music students are directly involved with the musical direction of the program.

Music education major Laken Fennern has arranged a portion of "The Magic Flute," taking the original score and arranging it for a 6-part accapella group. Fennern says, “The experiences of Dr. Julian and Dr. Thorpe are extremely helpful with arranging this piece. I have enjoyed the process and can't wait to see and hear the outcome.”

Jesse Beulke, a sophomore music education major, will accompany Julian and Thorpe as they sing excerpts from the opera, "Tosca." Beulke remarked: “Working with faculty that know this opera so well has really helped my development as an accompanist. As I look forward to my future, accompanying will hopefully be a large part of what I do; this whole experience will prepare me for that part of my career.”

Thorpe (pictured at right) recently joined the music faculty at Minnesota State Mankato, where she teaches classical, musical theatre, and contemporary vocal genres. Currently a member of Thursday Musical, an arts organization in the Twin Cities, her performance career includes opera, contemporary, and musical theatre genres. Stephanie was a winner of the Nevada District National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards, and a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She received a DMA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a master's degree from the University of Iowa, and a bachelor's degree from Briar Cliff University.

Julian (pictured at left) is an accomplished and versatile baritone who has appeared in more than 96 roles in opera, oratorio and musical theater. He has performed throughout the United States and countries such as Japan, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Austria and Italy. His opera roles include, Rigoletto, Macbeth, Jack Rance, Scarpia, Sharpless, Horace Tabor and John Proctor. On the musical theater stage, the King - The King and I, Emile De Becque - South Pacific and Don Quixote in Man of LaMancha.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to Call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549, for more information.

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