November 22, 2013
Recital pays ode to composerThe gentle talking in the aisles of the Stretansky Concert Hall came to a halt as the spotlight appeared over the black grand piano on stage.
On Tuesday, Sept. 17, adjunct faculty member Jeffrey Fahnestock held a recital titled "Britten at 100 Part I: A Modern Voice," which Fahnestock said is in honor of classical English composer Benjamin Britten's centenary.
The recital featured dramatic, operatic songs along with jazz songs in the style of the 1920s and 1930s.
Fahnestock said that his love of music and performance developed throughout his youth.
"My mother claims I whistled at age 13 months. I started piano lessons at age 8 and violin at age 9. Then, singing lessons at age 15," he said.
Fahnestock took his love of music and turned it into a profession. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Fahnestock has spent his career perfecting and performing many musical and operatic pieces from various composers including Mozart, Bach, Shobert and of course, Britten.
Fahnestock said that he has also worked as a professor teaching vocal literature, voice and lyrical diction here at Susquehanna and at Gettysburg College.
Fahnestock said that this recital is not the first time he has given ode to Britten. Fahnestock said that during his senior year of high school, he performed a Britten piece called "A Ceremony of Britten's Carol."
Throughout his undergraduate and graduate years at Eastman, Fahnestock said he performed many Britten operas such as "The Turn of the Screw" and "Canticle I: My Beloved is mine and I am His."
At the recital, Fahnestock also featured two guest performers: mezzo-soprano Sarah Daughtrey and pianist Justin Badgerow.
According to the program, Sarah Daughtrey is the director of vocal studies at Elizabethtown College with a doctorate of music in vocal performance.
According to the program, Justin Badgerow has hosted lectures at regional, national and international conferences, including the Music Teachers National Association.
Badgerow has a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Colorado and a master's in music with a concentration on piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Through "Britten at 100," Fahnestock said that he wanted to "highlight the modern, 20th century sound that [Britten] created by using contemporary poets like Auden, and how that sound was transferred to his writing for older poets."