The Carlisle Musical Arts Club will present a free concert featuring Jennifer Trost, an opera singer and recitalist, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.
Among the works Trost will perform will be an area premiere of Judith Cloud’s “Beethoven’s Slippers: A Monodrama” and Robert Schumann’s Frauenliebe und –leben Op. 42. The concert will be held at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 21 S. Bedford St., in Carlisle.
Trost is a mezzo-soprano who, after graduating from Albion College and Michigan State University, has dedicated her professional life to vocal performance and teaching. She had a 15-year career as an opera singer, beginning in the United States where she performed for the Los Angeles and the Santa Fe Operas and continuing to Germany where she spent four years as a soloist at the Wuppertal Opera and nine years at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. She also appeared as a guest artist at such venues as the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the National Theater in Mannheim, the Salzburg Music Festival, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Trost got her start as a teacher at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, Germany, followed by a year as a visiting associate professor of voice and acting head of the voice discpline at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Since 2005, she has been an associate professor of voice at Penn State University where she teaches studio voice and courses in vocal literature. Trost is currently on sabbatical.
For this concert Trost will be accompanied by pianist Svetlana Rodionova, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, where she earned her doctorate from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. Rodionova performed regularly throughout the Soviet Union and the Eastern European countries before emigrating to first Spain and then the United States.
She now resides in State College where she has appeared as soloist with the Nittany Valley Symphony, the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra, and the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra.
“Beethoven’s Slippers: A Monodrama” was commissioned by Trost and written by composer Judith Cloud with text by Douglas Atwill. The setting of this dramatic piece is the living room of an adobe house in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Dec. 16 — Beethoven’s birthday. As the story unfolds, we learn that a wealthy southern spinster is entertaining some friends and reminiscing about Charles, the great love of her life. The only memento she has from this time in her life is a pair of slippers, a gift from him that were reputed to have belonged to Beethoven.
“Beethoven’s Slippers: A Monodrama” was premiered in 2016. Trout plans to make a professional CD of the work.
The Carlisle Musical Arts Club was organized in 1925 by a group of performers and music lovers in the Carlisle area. Its members are professional and semi-professional musicians who give monthly recitals throughout the year, typically on the second Tuesday of the month. The group sponsors an annual public concert and provides college scholarships for music majors from area high schools. For more information, visit www.carlislemusicalartsclub.com.