CMU’s Ruhleder to perfrom songs in French

KATHLEEN RUHLEDER Mezzo-soprano and Colorado Mesa University music department faculty member

No need to cross the Atlantic Ocean to take a musical journey through France. 

An evening of songs sung in French — “widely known among voice performers as one of the most difficult languages to sing in,” according to a news release from Colorado Mesa University — will be presented by Kathleen Ruhleder, a mezzo-soprano and Colorado Mesa University music faculty member, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in the Recital Hall of CMU’s Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St.

“The first half of the program will feature French art songs, including the only songs in the French language that Charles Ives ever wrote, along with (Hector) Berlioz’s ‘Les Nuits d’Ete,’” which soprano Allyson Connally also will perform, the news release said.

Operatic arias will be sung during the second half of the program, when Ruhleder and Connally will be joined by baritone Christopher McKim.

Pianist Kathryn Mientka will accompany the vocalists during the recital.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

Call 248-1604 for information.


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