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'Brothers Pfaltzgraff' to Perform in Ley Theatre Aug. 29

Published: 8-26-2011 9:30 am

Dr. Brian Pfaltzgraff, assistant professor of voice at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and Philip Pfaltzgraff, Wayne State College staff accompanist, will present "Ships in the Night: A Musical Realization of Heine's 'Life's Passing'" at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in Ley Theatre at Wayne State College. The event is free and open to the public.

The performance will feature the works of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Fauré, Tschaikovsky and Vaughan Williams. In an era when constant communication is facilitated by Facebook and cellphones, the sentiment in "Life's Passing" is as true now as when Heinrich Heine wrote his "Youthful Passions": separation and time do little to ameliorate the intense burst of emotion that accompanies the formation of the most meaningful relationships of our lives.

Philip Pfaltzgraff graduated from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, with a music education (major in voice) degree. He has worked as a music educator, in public and private schools in Iowa, Florida and Michigan. In addition to a career in music education, he has served in music and pastoral leadership in churches in Iowa, Florida, and Michigan.

While completing the doctorate of musical arts at the University of Michigan, Brian Pfaltzgraff was on the faculties of Ohio Northern University, and Concordia University, Ann Arbor. He received his master of arts in German literature and his master of music from Bowling Green State University, and his bachelor of music education and German from Simpson College.

Dr. Pfaltzgraff has performed more than 30 leading operatic roles and an even wider range of concert works. In demand as a soloist in Europe and the United States, he appears regularly with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, and has appeared in productions with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the St. Louis Masterworks Chorale, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, the Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester (MN), Metropolitan Chorale, Toledo Opera, the Lima Symphony, Toledo Symphony, the Detroit Symphony (Civic), Canton Civic Opera, Mansfield Symphony, the Ann Arbor Festival of Song, the Rochester (NY) Chamber Orchestra, the Oak Ridge (TN) Civic Music Association, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Engagements for 2012 include Stephen Paulus' Holocaust Oratorio “To Be Certain of the Dawn,” and a recital tour of Germany.


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