Emeritus Music Professor's Works Performed
Robert Fleisher, Professor Emeritus of Music Theory and Composition in the NIU School of Music, is one of six composers whose vocal music is featured on the CD "Portraits" (Capstone CPS-8792), released in 2008. In his March/April 2011 Journal of Singing review, Gregory Berg wrote: “This is an exemplary recording … it is difficult to imagine anyone being ultimately disappointed with a disk featuring well nigh perfect performances of such intriguing repertoire.” Dr. Fleisher is represented on that recording by his Five Songs from Carl Sandburg’s “Prairie,” performed by soprano Lynn Eustis and pianist Elvia Puccinelli. Berg noted that Dr. Fleisher’s songs “are particularly apt in how they embody the spirit of the texts so convincingly, with an openness that never feels empty.” The first performance of this complete song cycle was given in 2004 by NIU alum, Dr. Emily Truckenbrod (director of vocal studies, SIU-Edwardsville), accompanied by Amy I-Lin Ching, during the national conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI).
This Sunday evening, November 16, from 11:00 pm to 12 midnight (CST), Dr. Fleisher’s Five Songs were among several works from "Portraits" to be featured during “Singing and other Sins,” a broadcast of Hawaii Public Radio (HPR1), which is streamed live and can be heard worldwide.