Alumnae Musical Stars Perform Overture to Alumni Lecture Series
Opera singer Cyndia Sieden '76 and concert pianist Judith Cohen '79 speak of life, friendship, and Evergreen.
Only at Evergreen!
Wrap a year-long, educational experience around the inscrutable title Money's Value, Soul's Worth; add a research component (assessing the value of the Evergreen transcript), fold in a 10-week class called Living the Greener Dream showcasing alumni entrepreneur speakers. And kick it all off with a world-class musical event.
That's what happened last November when the planning and teaching team of Money's Value, Soul's Worth and Living the Greener Dream sponsored a recital by concert pianist Judith Cohen '79 and opera star Cyndia Sieden '76. The two, friends since their college days, shared reflections on life, careers, choices, friendship, and of course, Evergreen. The discussion was punctuated by music most sublime.
Cohen, an official Steinway pianist, performed several Scarlatti sonatas and Bartok's six Romanian Folk Dances. An empassioned and physical artist, Cohen seems to embrace the keyboard, almost dancing with it rather than merely playing upon it. The result, for the audience, is music one can engage with, rather than simply listen to.
Sieden, a coloratura soprano, discussed her role as Ariel in Thomas Ades' opera, “The Tempest,” and performed one of the arias - a piece that has gained notice for its extremely high range. With bell-like clarity, Sieden poured forth music that hung in the air above high-C, leaving the audience breathless and thrilled.
Additionally, Cohen and Sieden performed a song by Mozart and a trio of songs by American composer John Musto.
More than 60 students in the two programs heard from 12 alumni entrepreneurs, in addition to Cohen and Sieden. They have explored pathways and careers, missteps and learning curves, revelations, values and victories. For alumni, students and faculty members, it's been a rich experience.