New Music at Willamette
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Hudson Concert Hall | Willamette University
The spring new music concert will feature excerpts from a new work by composer-in-residence John Peel. Scenes from the opera-in-progress, “Neron Kaisar,” will be presented in a concert version for voices with piano accompaniment.
The singers will include one of our voice faculty members, tenor Les Green in the title role of Nero, with supporting roles by soprano Janice Johnson as Poppaea and mezzo-soprano Angela Niederloh as Octavia. Willamette University alumna Janet Coleman ’90 will accompany the singers.
The libretto, a mixture of English, Latin and Greek, is by professor Mark Usher, chairman of the department of classics at the University of Vermont. The sung texts are drawn from Seutonius’ “The Twelve Caesars” and from classical Greek and Latin poetry.