Expect a powerful voice this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. coming from the Heath Recital Hall in Beach Music Hall, as Suzanne Hillis Ackin, Emporia State graduate, returns for the music department's Annual Gala Benefit Concert.Ackin received her bachelor of music degree from ESU in 1978 and followed up with a masters of music in 1981.
The last time she
performed at the benefit concert, she
shared the stage nine years ago with Leone Buysey, a flutist.Since leaving ESU, Ackin began at Cincinnati Opera's Young American Artists Program, and continues touring the country.She
has performed in "La Traviata," "The Telephone" and "Carmen."The benifit concert is the primary fundraiser for scholarship money for students in the music department.
has plenty of music under her
belt, such as Handel's "Messiah" and Orff's
"Carmina Burana," she
hopes to put on a "nice recital" with a "variety of different songs" for the audience.
"It's good to start in your own language," Ackin
said.Following that, she
will sing three German lieders by Franz Schubert and the Italian "Mi Chiamano Mimi," from Giacomo Puccini's "La Boheme
," a song she
learned while an undergrad at ESU."It's fun to come back the school where I had my first formal training and bring a little of my knowlegde," Ackin
Before intermission, she
will sing "Inez's Aria" from Giacomo Meyerbeer's "L'Africaine."
"I enjoy working with her
said."She's a great pianist."
Miller has similar feelings toward the alum.
excellent, a stellar performer," Miller said."She's
a great role model for students."The last songs will be Shakespeare's Sonnets 18, 29 and 116 as well as three of Frost's poems, set to music.Listen for "The Road Not Taken" and "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?"
hopes everyone will enjoy everything Saturday night.
"My goal is to try to do justice to the beautiful music I'm presenting," Ackin
said. Miller feels that Ackin
can be an inspiration to ESU students. "It's one way for students to see someone who has succeeded in a very competitive field," Milller said. Ackin has been involved with the department over the past few years, teaching a master class recently and working with Ken Pruitt, a music instructor, on a Kansas City concert series.
"I always love coming back," Ackin
said."Everyone makes me feel so welcome, I love singing here."For ticket information and reservations, call 341-5431.