A recital on Friday, March 22, in Memorial Chapel of Emory & Henry College will feature two faculty members at the college, Robert Matthews, tenor, and Lisa Withers, piano. The recital begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
This evening of music will include a variety of famous art songs such as Schubert's “Erlkönig,” Debussy's “Nuit d'étoiles,” Fauré's “Clair de lune,” Finzi's Let Us Garlands Bring, and Copland's “Ching-a-ring chaw.” The program will also include Handel's aria, “Waft her, angels, through the skies,” from Jephtha, several arrangements of popular Italian art songs arranged by local composer Dr. Scott Gendel, and “What Do I Need With Love” from Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Both professors teach a variety of courses in the college's general curriculum as well as the music department. Both serve as administrators. Matthews is chair of choral and vocal studies at the college, and Withers serves as chair of the Division of Visual and Performing Arts.
Matthews earned his doctorate in music arts in choral conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds a bachelor of music degree in piano performance and music education and master’s degree in music education from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. He has frequently been called on to serve the region as a choral clinician since coming to the college.
In addition, he is currently a tenor vocalist with Brethren, a Washington, D.C.-based professional Christian men's choir.
Withers received her master of music degree in piano pedagogy and performance from the University of Michigan and her doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance from West Virginia University. In addition to her solo performances, Withers has collaborated in recitals with many vocalists and instrumentalists and has a particular enjoyment of chamber music.