Harrogate, Tennessee, April 11, 2018— Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will host Albion Duo in concert April 14, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center in Duke Hall of Citizenship. The performance is free to the public.
Albion Duo is composed of soprano soloist Karen Kness and pianist Lia Jensen-Abbott, assistant professor of music at Albion College in Albion, Michigan.
Kness has performed as a concert and oratorio soloist throughout the United States, as well as Costa Rica, Mexico and England. Her repertoire includes Vaughan Williams’ “Serenade to Music,” Mozart’s “Great Mass in C Minor,” Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” and “St. Johannes Passion,” Vaughn Williams’ “Hodie,” Haydn’s “Creation,” Faure’s “Requiem,” John Rutter’s “Magnificat,” Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” and Handel’s “Solomon.”
At home on both operatic and concert stages, Kness’ opera roles include Queen of the Night in “The Magic Flute,” Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni,” Monica in “The Medium,” Lucy Honeychurch in the Midwest premier of “A Room with a View,” Madame Herz in “Der Schauspieldirektor” and Miss Titmouse in Edwin Penhorwood’s “Too Many Sopranos.”
She has been a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony, the Mozart Festival Orchestra in Indianapolis, the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony, the Bethany Messiah Festival Orchestra and the Opera Maya Festival Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra of Quintana Roo in Mexico. She also served for two years as the featured soloist for the Bach chamber ensemble Collegium Musicum Concordia, and has placed in numerous vocal competitions including NATS, the Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum Vocal Competition in Omaha and the Vera Scammon Vocal Competition in Denver.
Currently an assistant professor of voice at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, she also served on the faculties at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Doane College. She is also a member of the voice faculty of the Opera Maya Summer Festival in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and Opera Oasis Young Artist Program in Sarasota, Florida. Kness holds a doctoral degree in vocal performance and literature from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and bachelor and master of music degrees from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Jensen-Abbott has recently performed in the U.K., Stockholm, Helsinki, Costa Rica, Novi Sad, Serbia, Paris and Zurich, as well as nationally and regionally in Colorado, Kentucky, Montana, Michigan, Indiana, Maryland, Hawaii, Ohio, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Nebraska. She is a sought-after adjudicator, most recently judging at the Music Teachers’ National Association National Finals in Chicago (2014) and San Antonio (2016).
In 2017 and 2018, she has given lecture recitals at the Music Teachers National Association National Conference. In 2012, Jensen-Abbott performed a solo recital in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Her background in the humanities has allowed her to present lecture recitals on multiple topics, including the works of Beethoven, Florence Price, Fanny Hensel and Wayne Horvitz. She co-founded the Albion College International Piano Festival with her husband, David. In addition, she is the Vice President of the Michigan Music Teachers Association. She holds degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Penn State University where she has worked with Timothy Shafer, Edmund Battersby, Mark Clinton and Jeremy Denk among others. She is an Assistant Professor of Music at Albion College in Albion, Michigan.
A master class will be offered following the performance. For more information about the master class, contact Jim McAllister at james.mcallister@LMUnet.edu.
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