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Guest Lecture Recital: Dr. Steven Soebbing

  • October 7, 2019
  • 7:30 pm
  • Ley Theatre (Brandenburg Education Building)
  • Free and open to the public

Featuring Dr. Steven Soebbing, bass-baritone.

Steven Soebbing

Gender in song is a complex issue. If a set of poems reflecting a women’s perspective is authored by man and then composed into song by another man, is the perspective maintained? Should the songs be sung by a female or male vocalist? 

Dr. Steven Soebbing, bass-baritone, explores gender in song during this recital at Wayne State College. "Frauenliebe und -leben: Gendered Singing in Song" examines the historical context of women versus men singing from a women’s view. Soebbing’s goal is to provoke conversation regarding gender specificity.

"Frauenliebe und -leben" or "Woman’s Love and Life" was written by German poet Adelbert von Chamisso in 1830. The poems express a woman’s love from courtship through marriage and widowhood. German composer Robert Schumann set the poems to music in 1840. The eight-song cycle is lyrical and emotive. Historically, male vocalists received critical reviews when performing this song cycle. Soebbing’s recital format, which includes discussion of the issues involved, has generated positive dialog. 

Soebbing earned his doctor of musical arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He currently serves as instructor of music and theatre at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill.

This recital includes piano accompaniment by WSC staff accompanist Shelly Armstrong. The performance is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the WSC Music Department at 402-375-7359.