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Phyllis Drackley in concert

Apr 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Events, Features, Front Page

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA (03/31/2010)(readMedia)– The music of George Frideric Handel’s “Nine German Arias” (“Neun deutsche Arien”), and select works from Igor Stravinsky and Victor Herbert, are highlights of the Monday Series Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, in Elizabethtown College’s Zug Memorial Hall.

The Music Division of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents this concert featuring soprano Phyllis Drackley, and Scott Drackley on harpsichord and piano, assisted by FAPA faculty members Ellen Eager, cello, and Paula Nelson, baroque flute. The event is free and open to the public.

The “Nine German Arias” were composed between 1724 and 1727 by Handel, a German-English Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios and concertos. He is primarily remembered for his opera and oratorio output. “Neun deutsche Arien” is a smaller chamber work that contributed to a larger work, which remained unpublished during Handel’s lifetime. The compositions were the last settings of text in Handel’s native language.

Also to be performed at the April 12 concert is a selection from Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress,” composed in 1951 during his neoclassical period. Stravinsky, a Russian composer who moved to the United States in 1939 and became a naturalized citizen in 1946, was named, by Time Magazine, as one of the 100 most influential people of the twentieth century.

Rounding out the featured composers is Irish-born cellist Herbert. He and his wife, German soprano Therese Förster, were discovered and brought to America from Germany to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in 1896, after which Herbert’s career skyrocketed. He excelled at performing with, composing for, and conducting major orchestras and various musical organizations. He also was instrumental in founding the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Performer Phyllis J. Drackley is an adjunct instructor of voice in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Elizabethtown College. In addition to recital and oratorio performances, she has performed the roles of Alice Ford in “Falstaff,” Countess Almaviva in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” the title role in “Suor Angelica,” the mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” and Sandmann in “Hansel und Gretel.” She premiered works of fellow faculty member James Haines and performed the premiere of “Henri Atoll” by Samuel Frankel. Drackley also performed the role of Musetta in Night and Day Productions’ “La Boheme” and performed with the Blue Planet Opera Company, both of Philadelphia. She is a soprano soloist at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Gladwyne, Pa.

Scott Drackley is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach and serves as choral director at Lancaster Catholic High School. He is an active opera director and conductor. He has conducted more than 15 operas and directed many others. He also is organist/director of music at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Gladwyne.

Contact: Amy Reynolds at 717-361-1212.

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