Kelsey and Brent Rogers cropAs soprano Kelsey Rogers was preparing for her vocal recital at the Arizona Senior Academy, she didn’t have to look far for an able accompanist – her husband Brent was there to jump into that role.  The duo is scheduled to perform at the Academy on Tuesday (June 11), beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Kelsey, a graduate student in vocal performance at the University of Arizona, appeared as soloist in the UA Collegium Musicum’s recent concert, “The Music of the Passions,” directed by her husband, who is a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at UA.

Kelsey has appeared as soloist with the Tucson Masterworks Chorale in Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” and Mozart’s “Alma Dei Creatoris,” as well as solo appearances in Handel’s “Messiah,” Bach’s “Cantata No. 9,” and Buxtehude’s “Magnificat,” the last two of which were broadcast on public radio.

Operatic roles include Annina in Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Kate in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance,” and Amahl in Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”  She will make her international debut this summer at the Saarburg Serenaden International Chamber Music Festival .

Prior to beginning doctoral studies at UA, Brent Rogers was professor of choral and vocal music at Arizona Western College in Yuma.  He has played piano since the age of 7, and began accompanying at age 12, but his love of choral music eventually led to degrees in choral conducting.

Tuesday’s program will feature an eclectic mix of pieces by Massenet, Puccini, Schumann, Liszt, Granados, Menotti and more!

Submitted by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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Recital Features Husband-Wife Duo: June 2013