Barry David Salwen, piano / April Evans, soprano

Monday, February 19, 2018
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cultural Arts CA1075 Beckwith Recital Hall
Event Type
Music Dept.
UNCW Department of Music

About the Artists
Barry David Salwen is an associate professor of music at UNCW, where he joined the faculty in 1992. He is an international concert pianist, giving performances and master classes in the United States, Europe, Israel, and Asia. He gave two weeks of master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory in China, among many other places. As the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholars Grant, he gave a semester’s seminar at the Music Conservatory in Freiburg, Germany, one of the leading music institutions in the country. His master classes at UNCW have been attended by students from throughout eastern North Carolina. Among Salwen’s nine CDs is the first recording of the complete solo piano music of the American master Roger Sessions; he is the first artist to record all of these works. First published on Koch International Classics, the recording was subsequently reissued on Albany Records. His recording of Sessions’ piano concerto is also planned to appear on Albany.

April Evans has performed in major opera and concert halls of Europe and America, and joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1995. Maestro Georg Solti wrote of her, “I have listened to April Evans sing and I believe her to be a singer of very considerable musicianship.” Ms. Evans has performed major roles of the Italian repertoire including Tosca, Turandot, La Boheme, Macbeth, Aida, Un Ballo in Maschera, and Suzel in L’Amico Fritz, as well as major roles of the German repertoire in opera houses around the world. She garnered critical acclaim for her performance of Irene in Eve Queler’s Opera Orchestra of New York’s performance of Wagner’s Rienzi at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. Di Fedele of II Progresso wrote of her performance, “April Evans dispatched the extravagant role of Irene with surprising bravura.” Opera News singled out her interpretation of Tosca for both its “theatricality and poignancy.” “Vissi d’arte” became a turning point rather than just a definition of her character, at the same time praising her “splendid voice.” Ms. Evans’ appearance as Susanna in the Opera Orchestra of New York’s production of Khovanschina in Carnegie Hall was described by Peter Davis of the New York Times as “outstanding,” and “brilliant” by Byron Belt of Newhouse Newspapers. Paul Somers of the Star Ledger wrote of Ms. Evans’ performance of Aida, “One must recognize the excellence of April Evans’ Aida. She handled the two voices of her role with aplomb. The low passages were dark, moody and forceful, yet she floated the high pianissimo in “O Patria mia.’” Her extensive appearances in symphonic and oratorio include appearances in Carnegie Hall of the Verdi Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Handel’s Israel In Egypt, Mozart’s Mass In C Minor and the Mozart Requiem. Awards include the Luciano Pavarotti Competition, William Mattheus Sullivan Foundation Grant, A merican Opera Auditions, and winner of the Aspen Institute Voice Scholarship.


$6 general public, free to students with valid UNCW ID.
Tickets are available in advance through the UNCW Box Office (located in Kenan Auditorium) and one hour prior to performance at the Kenan Auditorium Box Office.

Advance tickets may be purchased online or by calling the box office at 910-962-3500 (M-F) 
Any remaining tickets will be available one hour prior to performance at the Cultural Arts  Box Office.

UNCW students may obtain tickets in advance by going to the UNCW Box Office (located in Kenan Auditorium) Monday-Friday 12 - 6 p.m. 
Don't forget! The box office closes 15 minutes after the start of a Department of Music event. 

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Directions to Beckwith Recital Hall:
Plenty of free parking, in front of the Cultural Arts Building and across the street.


Arrive on time: at least 10 minutes before start of concert

•   Arrive at the concert venue at least 10 minutes before the posted concert time. If you need to get a ticket at the box office, have your UNCW student ID ready and arrive at least another 5 sooner.

    •   The box office will only be open for ticket sales and distribution to students up until 15 minutes after the performance begins. 

    •   Students arriving 5 minutes after the start time of the event will not be admitted free with their UNCW ID card, and must purchase tickets in order to be admitted. If the box office has closed, students will not be admitted into the venue.

Concert attendance and program stamping

Programs for students registered in Department of Music classes are stamped by the ushers at the end of the performance. 

   •   If you leave before the concert ends, your program will not be stamped.

   •   If ushers should run out of programs, ask them to stamp your ticket stub at the end of the concert. Let your teacher know what happened. 


Use of electronic devices during performances

   •   use of computers, tablets, phones is not allowed during performances. Anyone using an electronic device will be asked to put it away. Noncompliance may result in being asked to leave the event.

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