Nadine Cheek, mezzo-soprano | Edward Eikner, piano

Friday, May 16, 2014 ❘ 11am & 7:30pm

Program

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (from “The Wizard of Oz”)
Harold Arlen

The Birth of the Blues
Ray Henderson

Blues in the Night
Harold Arlen

In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
David Mann

It Don’t Mean a Thing (from “Sophisticated Ladies”)
Duke Ellington

Misty
Erroll Garner

Falling in Love with Love (from “The Boys from Syracuse”)
Richard Rodgers

My Romance (from “Jumbo”)
Richard Rodgers

Can’t Help Lovin’ dat Man of Mine (from “Showboat”)
Jerome Kern

I’ve Got you Under my Skin
Cole Porter

Love Walked In
George and Ira Gershwin

INTERMISSION

A Medley of Stephen Foster Songs
arr. Edward Eikner

September Song (from “Knickerbocker Holiday”)
Kurt Weill

Don’t Get Around Much Any More (from “Sophisticated Ladies”)
Duke Ellington

They Can’t Take That Away from me
George and Ira Gershwin

Call me Irresponsible (from “Papa’s Delicate Condition”)
James van Heusen

Maybe This Time (from “Cabaret”)
John Kander

Georgia on My Mind
Hoagy Carmichael

New York, New York
John Kander

Nadine Cheek, mezzo-soprano, is a native of Georgia, where she completed a BM at Wesleyan College (’79), studying with Norman McLean. She earned a Masters degree in Vocal Performance at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (‘81), studying with Nancy Carr and Lucile Evans. Following the completion of that degree, she performed frequently in the Cincinnati area as a member of the Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Center Civic Opera, Cincinnati Opera and Mad Anthony Opera. She was heard there as soloist in performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Stavinsky’s Les Noces, Bizet’s Carmen and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitor’s.
Later, she studied at Yale University, where she continued her vocal training with Lili Chookasian and completed another MM (’91) with emphasis in Choral Conducting. She was heard there as soloist in performances of the Kodaly Missa Brevis, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. She taught at Marshall University (Huntington, WV) in 1992-93, a sabbatical replacement position, and was heard there in performances of Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and the Bach Christmas Oratorio. She also performed Bach’s St. John Passion with the Notre Dame Chorale (South Bend, IN) in 1993.

Ms. Cheek is heard frequently in concert and recital across the United States and in Europe. In May 1994, she premiered “Falling,” a commissioned work by composer Martin Bresnick (Professor of Composition at Yale University) with the Macon Symphony Orchestra. “Falling” was presented at Yale, later that year. In 1994, she was an apprentice with the Dorian Opera Theatre, Iowa and performed the role of ‘Berta’ in The Barber of Seville. She was a featured performer for several seasons with the New Texas Festival in Austin. She was soloist in several performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Handel Oratorio Society (Augustana College) in Rock Island, IL. In the summers of 1996 and 1997 she was heard in operatic roles, including ‘Carmen’ and ‘Mama Lucia’ at the Theaterhof in Humbach, Germany. Continuing her vocal studies with Professor Sylvia Stone at the University of Illinois, she was awarded a University Fellowship. In the summer of 1998, she was a Performing Fellow for “SongFest” at U. of California, Irvine. In 1999 she performed and studied in Italy as part of the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium. The fall of 1999 saw Cheek performing again with the Macon Symphony Orchestra in their program “Opting for Opera.” For this occasion, Whitney performed the role of ‘Dido’ from Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), as well as other arias, duets and ensembles. In the spring of 2000, she presented a recital with Eddi De Nadai, Italian coach/accompanist on the campus of Wesleyan College. She returned to Italy in the summer 2000 for several recitals with Edward Eikner, accompanist and again in March 2002 for recitals with Mr. De Nadai. Recent performances of “Falling” include one at Florida State University in 2005 and at Birmingham Southern University in 2008. Most recently she has enjoyed exploring and performing music from The Great American Songbook in Cabaret style showcases. At Wesleyan she is the Mildred Goodrum Heyward Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department.

Edward Eikner, pianist - Considered an outstanding musician of his generation, Edward Eikner attended Baylor on a Van Cliburn scholarship and did all his graduate work at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He has done extensive study in Europe on a Fulbright grant and is, at present, enjoying an exciting and diverse career. His appearances as recitalist, soloist with symphony orchestras, and as chamber musician have taken him all around the globe with sensational reviews to his credit from the world’s most important music centers including New York, Paris, London Vienna, Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow, and Buenos Aires. He has performed on five continents and is constantly invited for return engagements including dozens of tours of Europe, Asia, and South America. Collaborating with many of the finest musicians of the day, he often explores music lesser known as well as main-stream repertoire. He has found time to teach and perform in important music festivals in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed at the residences of United States ambassadors in many countries worldwide. His CD’s have been best sellers. He is now Professor Emeritus at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia.