A trio of musicians, Dr. Jennifer McQuade, Thresa Swadley and Dr. Carol Ann Bell, will present a recital featuring music written for soprano, cello and piano at Oklahoma Baptist University at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8.


A trio of musicians, Dr. Jennifer McQuade, Thresa Swadley and Dr. Carol Ann Bell, will present a recital featuring music written for soprano, cello and piano at Oklahoma Baptist University at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium.

The community is invited to attend the free performance.

A pre-recital lecture will be given at 7 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium by Dr. James Vernon, professor of music at OBU, and Dr. Kristen Todd, chair of the Division of Music at OBU and professor of music and humanities.

The recital will feature the world premiere of “The Thousand Tongues of Immortality,” written by Vernon. The program also will include “Vocalise” by André Previn (b. 1929); “Chanson d’Amour, Op. 21, No. 1” by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (1867-1944); “Four Songs for Soprano, Cello and Piano: Mercy, Stones, Shelter, and the Lacemaker” by Previn, with words by Toni Morrison; and “Dream With Me” by Leonard Bernstein (1918-90).

The title of the concert, “I Don’t Need No Man,” reflects a line from one of the featured Previn songs.

“Jennifer and I had discussed collaborating together for a couple of years, and when Carol agreed to join us, we decided it would be fun to use the quote from ‘Stones’ by Andre Previn as the recital title since this was turning into a ‘girl’s’ project,” Swadley said.

“Our title is rather ‘tongue in cheek’ because all but one of the pieces that we are performing are composed by men.

“I am especially excited and honored to be premiering a work composed by my long time friend and mentor, Jim Vernon.
I have played several sacred arrangements that he has written for cello, but this one is by far the most interesting and challenging piece he has given to me.”