Two different concerts will feature vocalists from Belfast performing at the Corthell Concert Hall on the University of Southern Maine campus.

Robinson offers German art songs

USM School of Music voice faculty member and alumna Jenny Lynd Robinson of Portland, formerly of Belfast, has planned an evening of the “greatest hits” of the German art song repertoire for Friday, April 9. Accompanied by former USM faculty member Judith Quimby Bible, Robinson will perform works by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss and Wagner. She will be joined on a number of songs by soprano Natalie Bergeron of New York City, as well as several other special guests for a grand Wagner finale.

The concert will get underway at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15; $10 for senior citizens and USM staff; and $5 for students; call 780-5555 for reservations.

The program includes works such as Wagner’s “Dich theure halle,” Schubert’s “Gretchen am spinnrade” and Schumann’s “Widmung.” Robinson said she focuses on this style because it really fits her big soprano voice.

“It feels like home. Puccini’s great, but when I sing the German repertoire it is comfortable for me, it makes sense — the language and phrasing make sense,” she said.

Robinson, a native of Belfast, graduated from the University of Southern Maine School of Music in 1998 and completed her master’s degree in voice performance at the University of Memphis in 2007. She has performed Mimi in “La Boheme” with the University of Memphis, Laurette in “Doktor Miracle” and Ciesca in “Gianni Schicci” with PORTopera. She has performed as soprano soloist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Oratorio Chorale, the Choral Art Society, the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra and the Portland Community Chorus. She was a 2004 and 1997 recipient of the Lillian Nordica Award and she has received first place awards from the Boston and Maine NATS vocal competitions.

Wakeman in Honors Recital

The most prestigious talent award for School of Music students at the USM is to be chosen to perform in the yearly Honors Recital. This year, nine outstanding soloists were chosen by audition. Judges were Lisa Saffer, Arlene Kies and Barry Saunders.

The 33rd annual Honors Recital, featuring these outstanding students, will be held Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m.; call 780-5555 for more information.

Included among those performing is tenor Jesse Wakeman, son of Andrew and Michelle Wakeman of Belfast and a junior music education major studying with Bruce Fithian. He will perform “Chanson Triste La Manoir de Rosemonde” by Henri Duparc, accompanied by Fithian.

Wakeman spent his first year of college at Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied with Duane Moody before transferring to USM. At Belfast Area High School, he worked in bands and choirs as well as performed in musicals under the musical direction of John Cameron. While at BAHS, he was a three-year participant in the New England Music Festival Choir and a four-year participant in the Maine All-State Music Festival Choir, where he held several solo parts.

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