CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University’s longtime director of choral activities, Robert Holquist, will present his farewell voice recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus.
Holquist, bass-baritone, has served as WCU professor of music and director of choral activities since 1979, and will retire in May. He also had served as chair of the voice division until August 2007, when he entered phased retirement.
Director of WCU's Concert Choir, Early Music Ensemble and University Chorus, Holquist regularly performs as a bass-baritone soloist for faculty showcase recitals, commencement, community performances, oratorio and church services.
Holquist said the Jan. 18 program has great personal significance because it will be his last solo recital at the university where he has taught and performed for more than 30 years.
The recital will be biographical in nature, and will include anecdotes about Holquist’s vocal development, solos that have significance in his career, the first song assigned to him as a voice student, and selections that have connection to the places Holquist has lived. It also will feature a set of three favorite sacred selections, as he has served in music ministry continuously since 1966. He has been minister of music at Sylva First Baptist Church since September 1983.
The repertoire will include a section of audience favorites (Kern's “Ol' Man River”), solos Holquist has sung while visiting choral programs recruiting students for WCU (Weatherly’s “O,Danny Boy”), humorous pieces (Myers’ “Husband for Sale!”), Schubert’s dramatic ballad “The Erl-King” and Malotte’s “Lord's Prayer.” He also will sing “Shenandoah” arranged for him by Paul Basler, former WCU music faculty member.
Andrew Adams, assistant professor of music, will accompany the recital on piano.
This concert is part of the Catamount Concert Series. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call the School of Music at (828)227-7242.