September 05, 2012 12:00AM
Patrick Howle and Reena Berger Natenberg, both members of the Music Department faculty at Pittsburg State University, will perform a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, in McCray Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.
The recital will feature pieces for voice and piano by Francis Poulenc and Johannes Brahms as well as solo piano pieces by Franz Liszt and Denis Gougeon. This recital is the same program that Howle and Natenberg will perform in their Carnegie Hall debut in January.
Howle said the recital also serves as a “pre-release” concert for the duo’s upcoming CD of vocal music by Francis Poulenc. This project was funded by grants from the Kansas Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. The CD’s release is expected by the end of the month.
Howle, a baritone, has performed in more than 25 productions with The Ohio Light Opera. He was a finalist in the Jessie Kneisel lieder competition and a winner of the Orpheus National Vocal Competition. His many recordings with the Ohio Light Opera can be heard on both the Albany and Operetta Archives labels.
Howle earned a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from East Carolina University and the master of music degree in vocal performance and literature at The Eastman School of Music.
At PSU, Howle teaches voice and opera and directs the Voice and Opera Workshop.
Natenberg has performed internationally as a soloist and a chamber musician throughout North America, South America, Asia and in Europe. She was featured on radio and television, most notably in a television documentary pertaining to the Czech culture, playing the piano pieces of Smetana and Martinu, and on Boston's radio station WGBH in the program "Off the Record." She has also performed in many music festivals.
A recipient of numerous awards, Natenberg was born in Montreal. She was educated at the McGill Conservatory of Music, Tel-Aviv University, The New England Conservatory of Music and Université de Montréal.
Natenberg is an associate professor of piano at PSU and was a recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award from PSU’s College of Arts and Sciences.