ACTU performance to feature ‘Musical Valentines’ on Sunday

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Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) will celebrate the holiday of romance by presenting “Musical Valentines” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. The event can be viewed at No Facebook account is required to view.

“There is nothing quite like a duet to express love and partnership, and Sunday’s program will feature a beautiful cello duet by Jean-Baptiste Barriere featuring husband-and-wife cellists Dr. Boyan Bonev and Dr. Zlatina Staykova,” said Dr. Karl Barton, ACTU coordinator. “The great composers of the Romantic era knew how to express strong emotions, and passionate music is one of the hallmarks of the age. Sunday’s program will feature Romantic masterworks for solo piano by Rachmaninoff featuring Dr. Kyungju Lee, and for cello and piano by Chopin featuring Drs. Bonev and Lee.”

Poetry has long been the domain of love and longing, and composers have been inspired by its sentiments throughout the ages. Love songs appear in every musical genre, and classical composers have used them to great effect.

High school senior Isabel Barton will sing one such love song full of longing, “Into the Night” from 1939, with words and music by Clara Edwards, who was an American singer, pianist, and composer of art songs. Ms. Barton and pianist Galen Peiskee will also perform the 17th-century Italian song “Che fiero costume” by Giovanni Legrenzi that expresses the fierce power that love inflicts upon those who are stricken by it.

Sunday’s program will also include great American love songs for voice and piano from the late 1930s by Samuel Barber based on poems by James Joyce, William Henry Davies, and James Agee featuring soprano Rebecca Fadell Brinson and pianist Galen Peiskee.

This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about this and other ACTU events, visit www.facebookcom/actu31792 or, call 229-227- 6964 or email

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