Professor of Music Robert Cowles and Applied Voice Instructor Angela Libertella Calabrese will perform music by J.S. Bach, Handel, Gounod, Fauré, Granados, Finzi, and Walton during a joint vocal recital in St. John’s Chapel on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. Both will be accompanied by Applied Piano Instructor Meg Cognetta Heaton.
Cowles, a baritone, chairs the HWS Music Department and has been a member of the faculty since 1992, directing choral ensembles and teaching music theory and conducting. He is also artistic director of the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, a semi-professional chamber choir. Cowles is known as a champion of new music, having conducted numerous world-premiere performances during his tenure at HWS.
He received his B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., his M.M. from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass., and his D.Mus. from Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Ind.
Calabrese, a soprano, holds a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance and pedagogy and piano studies from Nazareth College, where she studied with Joan Floriano and Dr. Beverly Smoker. She also holds a master of music degree in vocal performance and literature from Northwestern University, where she studied with Elizabeth Fischer and Sherill Milnes. A first prize winner in the Chicago Italian Cultural Center Voice Competition, Calabrese was a finalist in the Friends of Austria Lieder Competition, Chicago Bel Canto Competition, and she received an Honorable Mention from the American Society of Musicians.
Meg Cognetta Heaton graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a B.Mus. in piano performance. While at Oberlin she studied with Wilbur Price. Heaton has extensive experience as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist. Her solo performances include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Finger Lakes Symphony, Mozart’s Duo Piano Concerto with Hilda Collins (piano) and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chorale. In 2003, she was a recipient of the TANYS excellence award for musical accompaniment for her work in “The Fantasticks.”
Admission to the concert is free, however donations are greatly appreciated.