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Jan. 29: Internationally known musicians play duet

FREDERICK, Md.—A vocalist and a pianist of international acclaim will take the stage at Hood College to perform Franz Schubert’s complete song cycle “Die Schöne Müllerin” Jan. 29.

Tenor Jeffrey Fahnestock and pianist Naomi Niskala will perform the pieces at 3 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall. The cycle includes 20 songs and is based on poems by Wilhelm Müller.

Fahnestock has performed a wide repertoire across the U.S., Great Britain and Germany. He has appeared as a soloist with the Washington Bach Consort, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Folger Consort, Rochester Bach Festival and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, among many others. As an operatic soloist, he has performed works by Mozart, Britten, Ravel, Cavalli, Bononcini, Donizetti, Verdi and Massenet. Currently on the faculties at Susquehanna University and Gettysburg College, Fahnestock teaches applied voice, vocal literature and lyric diction.

Niskala has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, North America, Russia, Israel, Thailand and Japan, and her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio, Deutschlandradio, RTV Germany and NPR’s “Performance Today.” She performs regularly with Spectrum Concerts Berlin, one of Germany’s leading chamber organizations. Her recent performance highlights include the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Series at Davies Symphony Hall and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic of Russia. Her release of the only complete recordings of American composer Robert Helps’ solo piano works received high acclaim. She is currently associate professor of music at Susquehanna University, where she teaches piano and theory.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wayne Wold at