NIU Homecoming Recital 2009

In October 2009, Rebekkah went back to her alma mater, Northern Illinois University, and gave two master classes and a performance.  Listen to the recital by clicking on the individual links below; the master classes will be available through the Studio Voix-LA! web site (

Rebekkah Hilgraves, soprano
Valerie Blair, piano

Guest appearances by:

Ramses Bugarin, clarinet
Beth Bryngelson, flute

Myron Myers, bass (NIU faculty)

The selections below are also now available for download here.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828):

An die Musik
Die Forelle
Gretchen am Spinnrade

Henry Purcell (1659-1695):

Resistance is but vain (with Myron Myers)

Samuel Barber (1910-1981):

Hermit Songs

I – At St. Patrick’s Purgatory
II – Church bell at night, III – St. Ita’s vision
IV – The heavenly banquet
V – The crucifixion
VI – Sea-snatch
VII – Promiscuity
VIII – A monk and his cat
IX – The praises of God
X – A desire for hermitage

Lester Trimble (1923-1986)

Four Fragments from the Canterbury Tales (with Ramses Bugarin and Beth Bryngelson)

I – Prologe
II – A Knyght
III – A Yong Squier
IV – The wyf of biside bath

James R. Carlson (1972- )

‘Lovely Luna’ from Love the Haven of Peace

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One comment on “NIU Homecoming Recital 2009
  1. This was such a fun performance!

    Valerie and I spent much musical time together when we were in college at NIU lo these many years ago, and we found when we began rehearsing for this performance that we still played together as though we had been doing so the whole 20 years we’d been apart. It was marvelous to work with her, and a genuine privilege to work with Myron, my former voice professor, and with Beth and Ramses, both fantastic musicians themselves!

    We’re plotting our next program, which will be–we hope–to give the full premiere of the entire song cycle, LOVE THE HAVEN OF PEACE (poetry by yours truly–find the whole cycle at–and music by James R. Carlson– as well as a performance of THE CLIFF’S EDGE (songs of a psychotic) by Margaret Garwood. Valerie has done the songs of a psychotic before, and they are truly an amazing collection of work, both the incredibly colorful poetry and the music in which it is set!

    Keep your eyes on this space for updates!


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