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One-man show about composer Reynoldo Hahn presented Aug. 30 at Appalachian

spivey_t.jpgBOONE—Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music will present “Écoute: pieces of Reynaldo Hahn” Sunday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. Broyhill Music Center’s recital hall. Admission is free.

Baritone Norman Spivey performs the original one-man show on the life and music of French composer Reynaldo Hahn that draws on Hahn’s experiences and relationships – particularly those with his closest friends, the famous actor Sarah Bernhardt and the writer Marcel Proust.

Spivey is a voice professor at Pennsylvania State University.

Hahn, who lived from 1875 to 1947 was an extraordinary French composer, pianist, singer, music critic, conductor and impresario. When he was quite young, his family moved from Venezuela to Paris, where his musical gifts blossomed. He entered the conservatory at age 10, wrote many of his most enduring melodies during his teen years, and became the darling of the salons, many of which were major centers of literature and music.

“Écoute: pieces of Reynaldo Hahn” began touring to theatres, music conservatories, and universities around the country earlier this year, and has been invited to be part of an upcoming off-Broadway reading series in New York. The show also will be featured at the 2010 national meeting of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) in Salt Lake City.

Spivey, a veteran of musicals, operetta and opera, earned degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Michigan. A Fulbright grant to Paris, where he worked with renowned baritones Gabriel Bacquier and Gérard Souzay, led to concert and opera engagements throughout France, as well as a tour of France and Canada as Papageno in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

He has sung Schubert’s song cycle “Winterreise” at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and performed the American premiere of Poulenc’s rediscovered “Quatre Poèmes de Max Jacob.”

Spivey has received fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival and the Institute for Advanced Vocal Studies in Paris. In 2003 he received the prestigious Van L. Lawrence Fellowship awarded jointly by The Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He has served as officer on the local, regional, and national level for NATS, and his writings on musical theatre singing have appeared in the NATS Journal of Singing.

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