Bethany Baritone David Rudari to Span Musical Eras in March Performance

BETHANY, W.Va. —  David J. Rudari, Assistant Professor of Music at Bethany College, will present a faculty recital spanning musical periods from Baroque to Modern on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. The event, to be held in Bethany’s historic Commencement Hall, will feature works by George Frideric Händel, Giuseppe Verdi and Frank Loesser, as well as excerpts from Franz Schubert’s song cycle “Die schöne Müllerin” and Maurice Ravel’s “Don Quichotte à Dulcinee.”

Rudari teaches voice, piano, music history and education courses at Bethany College and directs the College Choir. He joined Bethany’s faculty in 2000 after serving as a public school music educator in upstate New York. Rudari holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and a master’s degree in voice performance from the University of Wyoming. Now a doctoral candidate at West Virginia University (WVU), he is a student of Augusto Paglialunga, Professor Emeritus of Music and Artist in Residence, and Dr. James W. Benner, Professor Emeritus of Music and Director of Opera.

Winner of the Division of Music Young Artist Competition at WVU, Rudari is an active church musician, guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He appeared before more than 40,000 patrons when he sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless Americafor the Pittsburgh Pirates/Chicago Cubs series in PNC Park in September 2005 and 2007. He has performed with the Paul Winter Consort andwith orchestras and choruses across the United States and abroad.

Rudari’s concert repertoire includes the “Requiem” settings of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Verdi, Johannes Brahms and Gabriel Fauré; “The Seven Last Words of Christ,” by Théodore Dubois; Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9”;the “Lord Nelson Massof Joseph Haydn; Mozart’s “Mass in C Minor”; Edward Elgar’s “The Dream of Gerontius”; and Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” He has also performed a variety of musical theater roles, including Tony in Loesser’s “The Most Happy Fella.” Rudari will make his debut as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof”in summer 2010.

Pianist Sung Jung Lee, a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance and Literature at WVU, will accompany Rudari. A graduate of the Sunhwa Performing Art School in Seoul, Korea, she earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory and a master’s degree in piano performance from the Moores School of Music at The University of Houston.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. Contact Rudari at drudari@bethanywv.edu or 304.829.7329 with questions.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.