Judson and Samford faculty members collaborate to present cabaret recitals

A collaborative duo featuring music faculty members from Judson College and Samford University will present recitals of cabaret and musical theatre selections. John Robertson, pianist, and Kristin Kenning, vocalist, will perform three recitals at area colleges in October.

Starting with German composer Kurt Weill, and ending with the compositions of the famous American Gershwin brothers, Robertson and Kenning will explore numerous musical and performance styles to bring stories and characters to life.  From Stephen Sondheim’s heartfelt “So Many People in the World,” to the joyful ramblings in William Bolcom’s “Amor,” the recital moves energetically through a large range of emotion and expression.

A Birmingham native, Robertson is a member of the Department of Music faculty at Judson College, where he teaches music theory, piano literature, piano pedagogy and applied piano. He holds degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Bob Jones University and Samford University.   Robertson is a sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician, and he has accompanied faculty and students at Bob Jones University, Birmingham-Southern College, Samford University and Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Kristin Kenning moved to Birmingham from St. Paul, Minnesota, where she worked as a freelance stage director and vocalist.  Currently an assistant professor at Samford University where she teaches voice and directs the opera program, she previously taught voice at Luther College, Iowa, and opera workshop at the University of Minnesota.  A singing actress, she has a diverse background of experience performing in opera, musical theater, jazz, and church settings.

The schedule of performances of the Cabaret Recitals featuring John Robertson, piano, and Kristin Kenning, soprano, is as follows: Thursday, October 16, at 7 p.m. – Alumnae Auditorium, Judson College, Marion, Alabama; Tuesday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. – Harrison D. LeBaron Recital Hall, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama; Friday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. – University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. All three performances are open to the public and free of charge.

George Frangoulis / gfrangoulis@judson.edu
Judson College Coordinator of Public Relations
302 Bibb St., Marion, AL 36756 / 334-683-5160

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