Feb. 9, 2011
Soprano Elise Hepworth and pianist Philip Pfaltzgraff will present a guest recital at Morningside College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.
The recital will include works by Mozart, Liszt, Fauré, Debussy and Offenbach, among others. The program is free and open to the public.
Hepworth is an assistant professor of voice and music education at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. She has performed the leading roles in several operas, among them “The Magic Flute” and “The Marriage of Figaro.” While studying at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, New Zealand, she performed with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra as a finalist in New Zealand’s National Aria and Art Song Competition, placing second in the Lied and English Art Song divisions. Hepworth has a doctorate in music from the University of Mississippi.
Pfaltzgraff is a staff accompanist at Wayne State College. In addition to his collaborative piano responsibilities at Wayne State, he has continued to pursue the field of musical composition and arranging. He has written several compositions that have been performed by college choirs. He also has recorded a series of seasonal and thematic solo CDs on the piano and organ under the title of “Specializing in Improvisation.” Pfaltzgraff has master’s degrees in organ performance and music education from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.