11/20/2008 Guest musical artist featured in new concert series
McMINNVILLE – David Wakeham, baritone and artist-in-residence at Linfield College, will be featured in the Lively Arts Concert Series Sunday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield. This concert is the second in the three-part concert series at Linfield. The Lively Arts Concert Series is designed to bring outstanding guest musical artists to Linfield College. One of the goals of this series is to feature exciting personalities in an environment where local audiences can enjoy the performance and meet the artists. Because Wakeham is a visiting artist at Linfield, this was an opportunity that Faun Tiedge, chair of the Department of Music, did not want to miss. “David Wakeham is a superb teacher and world-renowned performer,” said Tiedge. “He has an exciting repertoire to share with our audience, and we are all looking forward to his concert.” Tickets are $5 and go on sale the night of the performance at the door. Wakeham will perform songs by Gustav Mahler, Charles Ives and Tom Lehrer, and selections from the operas “Rigoletto,” “Don Carlo,” “Macbeth” and “Herodiade.” He will be joined by collaborative pianist Debra Huddleston, music adjunct at Linfield. Audience members will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Wakeham. In addition to the Sunday concert, Wakeham will speak on "A Singing Career and Beyond" Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library. The lecture is free and open to the public. Wakeham, who is from Britain, is an international opera singer and concert performer. He has been featured in critically acclaimed performances at La Scala Milano, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Theatre an der Wien, the Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, the Bayerische Staatsoper Munchen, the Staatsopera Stuttgart and Opera Australia. Wakeham has also sung major roles in Czech, German and Italian operas. He has taught at numerous American, European and Australian educational and performing institutions. Wakeham made his debut at the Opernhaus Zurich in secondary roles in “Fedora,” “Rigoletto,” “Macbeth” and “Don Carlo.” Some of his most notable performances are “Falstaff,” “Macbeth” and “Rigoletto” for the Berlin opera, among others. He has also performed in “Tristan and Isolde,” both in concert and opera in Germany, at the Queensland Music Festival and the Western Australia Opera. The third installment of this concert series will feature pianist Jill Timmons, professor of music and artist-in-residence, and violist Laura Klugherz, presenting two concerts May 20 and 21. The concert series is by sponsored the Linfield College Department of Music and other special concert sponsors. For more information, call 503-883-2275.