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Melody Rich

UTSA hosts Sept. 13 faculty recital by soprano Melody Rich

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Sept. 9, 2005)--The UTSA Department of Music presents a faculty recital by soprano Melody Rich, accompanied on piano by Geoffrey Waite, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the Arts Building Recital Hall at the 1604 Campus.

The program includes "The Letter from Sullivan Ballou" by John Kander, composer of the Broadway musicals "Cabaret," "Chicago," "Woman of the Year" and "Zorba." The selection is a moving realization of an actual Civil War letter from Major Sullivan Ballou to his wife, Sarah.

Dated July 14, 1861, Ballou wrote the letter while awaiting orders that would take him to Manassas, where he and 27 of his men would die a week later at the Battle of Bull Run.

A passionate love letter and a profound meditation on the meaning of the Union, the letter caught national attention 129 years after it was written, when it was featured in the PBS television series "The Civil War," produced by Ken Burns.

The program continues with hilarious selections from Canadian composer John Greer's "A Sarah Binks Songbook" and culminates in a jazz combo showcasing favorite tunes of yesteryear.

Tickets are $5 and are available in advance and at the door. For ticket reservations or more information, call (210) 458-5685.

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Recital program

"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," arranged by Richard Walters
"Great is Thy Faithfulness," arranged by Edwin Childs
"The Lord is My Shepherd," Edwin Childs
"The Morning Trumpet," arranged by Ovid Young and B.F. White

Selections by Charles Ives
"In Summer Fields"
"Canon"
"In Flanders Fields"

"A Letter from Sullivan Ballou," John Kander
"Echo," Gordon Brown

Selections from "A Sarah Binks Songbook" by John Greer
"Reflections While Translating Heine"
"Hi, Sooky, Ho, Sooky"
"Ode to a Star"
"The Song of the Chore"
"Elegy to a Calf"
"Square Down"

Songs of Yesteryear
"Misty," Erroll Garner
"Old Devil Moon," E.Y. Harburg
"God Bless the Child," Arthur Herzog Jr. and Billie Holiday
"When Sunny Gets Blue," Marvin Fisher
"All the Things You Are," Jerome Kern
"Blue Skies," Irving Berlin

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