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BYU professor to perform 'Sabbath Song' Feb. 28

Brigham Young University School of Music faculty artist Clayne Robison will present a “Sabbath Song” vocal recital Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 8:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Accompanied on the piano by Robin Hancock, Robison will premiere about 16 unpublished pieces from the 88 sacred art songs he has collected over the past two years. He will sing pieces by composers Dan Carter, David Fletcher and Newell Dayley.

The audience will have the opportunity to rate the musical selections to decide which ones Robison will publish in his third “Sacred Art Songs” anthology.

“This performance includes pieces that could be sung both in a sacred setting and in an art song recital,” Robison said. “I’m bridging the gap between an artistic and a religious setting, furthering the spread of good music.”

Robison believes in using a persuasive rather than a prescriptive approach to influence musical tastes.

“As I select pieces to sing and publish, I stray away from pieces that are unchallenging, familiar and immediate popular,” Robison said. “I’m trying to draw people to a higher goal with worthy music.”

Robison is a professor of voice at BYU, where he has taught since 1973. He has bachelor's degrees in English literature and vocal performance from BYU and a juris doctorate from Harvard as well as a master’s degree in orchestra conducting and a doctoral degree in opera production from the University of Washington.

He has devoted his career to his passion for beautiful singing and is the author and publisher of "Beautiful Singing," a collection of insights from his long association with music.

For more information, contact Clayne Robison at (801) 422-3110.

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