W&L Applied Voice Students to Wage Friendly ‘Song War’ in Recital The show is free and open to the public to view online.
Washington and Lee University presents a virtual performance of “Liederkrieg: Austria vs. Germany” on Oct. 24, at 8 p.m.
The show is free and open to the public to view online at https://livestream.com/wlu. A PDF of the printed program will be available by way of a link during the stream.
Students from the voice studios of W&L’s Hayley Coughlin, a lecturer in music, and Gregory Parker, professor of music, will perform a recital entitled “Liederkrieg: Austria vs. Germany.” Liederkrieg, which means “song war,” describes the friendly competition that will take place between two student teams performing the songs of Austrian and German composers.
Team Austria will be represented by composers Joseph Haydn, W.A. Mozart, Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf. In contrast, Ludwig van Beethoven, Fanny Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms will represent Team Germany.
“We thought this would be a fun way to share the beautiful songs of these two richly musical countries,” said Parker.
W&L students Natalie Ledesma ’23, Sarah Gabrielle Lynch ’22, Keren Katz ’22, Michael McLaughlin ’24, Emma Duerstock ’21 and Levi Lebsack ’21, will sing for Team Austria.
Team Germany is represented by W&L’s Caleb Peña ’21, Madison McGinley ’24, Sharon Mendieta-Ramirez ’23, Demmanuel Gonzalez ’21 and Hayley Allen ’22.
Pianists Anna Billias and William Taylor will provide accompaniment, and audience members are encouraged to keep score and determine which team wins the battle.
For more information, visit https://my.wlu.edu/lenfest-center/faculty-recital-parker-and-billias or call the Lenfest Center Box Office at 540.458.8000.
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