There’ll be Singing in the Library (Eventually)

Hello again, dear readers,

What a week! Finals loom around the corner, which is typically fine, but as a grad student it means term paper deadlines draw near. Ah, how I miss simply studying for a final, but enough about me…

Scratch that: I’m going to keep talking about me.

The Powers That Be and I have been talking about how to celebrate and publicize the fruits of my labor with CCEPS (above and beyond my heartfelt blogging with you, that is). Amy’s magnificent exhibition has been quite the success and I had a mind to undertake something similar until I realized how best to present my work with my collection. My music collection.

I don’t talk about it much, but I actually have two degrees in music. My background in music is the very reason that the Powers That Be and I agreed the Joseph Clokey Papers would be a fitting collection for me to process. So, when the time comes next semester for me to discuss my work at CCEPS, I’ll actually be performing some of the music in the collection as well. I had thought my classical singing days were behind me, but it seems I’ve been mistaken…!

I haven’t worked out the entirety of the program, but I know for certain that I will be singing an aria from one of Joseph Clokey’s operettas: a musical setting of Our American Cousin. Now, Clokey’s work is not to be confused with the opera by Eric Sawyer of the same title, as that work is about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln at a performance of the original play of the same title at the Ford Theatre in 1865. Confused yet? Good, didn’t think so.

I don’t know much else yet about the recital, but I can tell you this: the aria in question requires a small display of yodeling. Exciting, no?

Alright, I have to sign off for now, but I’m sure I’ll have more exciting finds in the archives next week.

Till then!