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Schumann music showcased during Linfield faculty recital

“A Poet’s Love,” a vocal and piano concert featuring the works of Robert Schumann and other composers, will be presented Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Baritone Anton Belov, a new assistant professor of music at Linfield, and pianist Jill Timmons, professor of music and artist-in-residence, will present the concert which will also feature the works of Franz Liszt, celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth, as well as little-known Italian composer Francesco Santoliquido and Russian romantic favorites by Rachmaninoff, Glazunov and Tchaikovsky.

Schumann’s work was composed during his separation from his great love Clara Wieck, whose father opposed their marriage. During the course of one year, Schumann composed more than 150 pieces, with the crown jewel, “A Poet’s Love,” based on the poetry of Heinrich Heine.

Belov is a native of Russia and a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center. He has appeared with numerous companies and orchestras throughout the United States and has earned critical acclaim for his portrayals of characters as diverse as Count di Luna, Don Giovanni, Escamillo, Count Almaviva, Doctor Malatesta and Eugene Onegin. Equally at home with opera, oratorio and concert repertoire, Belov presented over 50 recitals throughout the U.S. appearing at such venues as Carnegie Recital Hall and the Kennedy Center. Belov is first-place winner of eight vocal competitions including the George London Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. A specialist in Russian lyric diction, he is the author of numerous books on the subject.

Timmons has performed internationally as both a solo and ensemble artist. She has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and the National Gallery of Art, and internationally she has toured throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain and Chile. Committed to American composers, she has recorded works by Dexter Morrill, Amy Beach and Williams Bersgma. Ken Burns chose music from her Amy Beach recording for his PBS documentary, “The War.” In addition to her numerous NEA awards, she has also won, with co-author Sylvain Frémaux, the Wilk Prize from University of Southern California for groundbreaking research on the Polish composer, Alexandre Tansman. Their book, “Alexandre Tansman: Diary of a Twentieth-Century Composer,” is published online by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Timmons has performed at numerous festivals including Tanglewood, Chenango Musikfest in New York, the Olympic Music Festival, Festillésime and Festival Mozart in France. She is the artistic director of a two-piano Institute in France: Musique à Beaumont. She has a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Washington and master’s from Boston University. In 2012, Oxford University Press will publish her book, “The Musician’s Journey – Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan.”

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Linfield Music Department, 503-883-2275, droot@linfield.edu.