Chanson d’Amour: An Early Valentine From the Jacobsen Series

January 14, 2014

Puget Sound alumni and faculty members perform love song.
7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7

TACOMA, Wash. – What better way to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day than to spend an evening hearing love songs in the hands of the masters?

Mozart, Schumann, Infanté, Strauss, and a selection of modern and classical composers will provide the music for the next Jacobsen Series concert, which falls a week before Roman mythology’s blindfolded Cupid sets to work.

Chanson d’Amour: Chamber Works for Voices, Violin, and Piano/Four Hands will take place at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 7, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Ticket information is below.

“To celebrate this special month, we found a diverse selection of vocal chamber music with love themes that includes works with four-hand piano or two pianos,” said Danielle Munsell Howard ’94, a vocalist in the program. “This concert is especially wonderful because it includes so many Puget Sound alumni, and we are all excited to come back and share this performance with the campus and community.”

The performers will include guest artists Ryan Bede ’05, baritone; Danielle Munsell Howard ’94, soprano; Wendy Gruber Hunt ’96, soprano; Darrell Hunt ’95, baritone and violin; and Christine Padaca Fuoco ’95, piano; as well as faculty members Duane Hulbert, piano; Tanya Stambuk, piano; and the university’s School of Music Director, Keith Ward, piano. School of Music students also will perform in some of the pieces. The program will include the following works:

Vergnügen und Lust, from Cantata No. 197, by Johann Sebastian Bach
L’ameró sarò costante, from the opera II rè pastore,by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Spanische Liebeslieder, Op. 138 for four voices and piano duet, by Robert Schumann
Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos, byWitold Lutoslawski
Set Me as a Seal Upon Your Heart, by D’Angelo Hunt
Sentimiento; and Gracia: El Vito, from Danses Andalouses for Two Pianos, by Manuel Infante
Morgen! Op. 27 No. 4, by Richard Strauss
Ring-A-Ding-Ding; New Moon; Love Song for Lucinda; and Joy, by Ricky Ian Gordon

The concert takes place the evening before University of Puget Sound’s 24th Annual Piano Festival.  The festival provides middle and high school students the opportunity to participate in workshops, master classes, and performances. It is open to registered participants and auditors only, and not to the general public.

The Jacobsen Series has been running since 1984.  It was named in honor of Leonard Jacobsen, who was the former chair of the piano department at Puget Sound. The Jacobsen Series Scholarship Fund awards annual music scholarships to outstanding student performers and scholars. The fund is sustained entirely by season subscribers and ticket sales.

FOR TICKETS for the Saturday night concert, order online at, or call Wheelock Information Center at 253.879.6013 to purchase with a credit card. Admission is $12.50 for the general public; $8.50 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff members. The concert is free for current Puget Sound students. Group ticket rates are available for parties of 10 or more by calling 253.879.3555 in advance. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

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Photo on page: Cupido, by Hendrick Goltzius, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Creative Commons licence)

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