Faculty to Perform Unique ‘Tambourine Man’ Recital

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m., Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium will be filled with the sounds of ... Bob Dylan? OBU professors Dr. Michael Dean, Dr. Jennifer McQuade and Dr. Kristen Stauffer Todd are set to perform a unique and challenging musical suite, "Mr. Tambourine Man," which contains seven poems inspired by Bob Dylan for piano and voice. The arrangement was written by John Corigliano.

"They're wild, interesting and extremely challenging," said McQuade. "That's where Kristen comes in. She's going to explain it all in musicologist fashion in a lecture-recital format."

"Musicologist fashion," according to Todd, means the performance includes a set of lectures to explain the complexity of the music. Todd will deliver two explanations during this recital, one at the beginning of the performance titled, "On the Notion of Place: Mr. Tambourine Man, Mardi Gras, and Dylan," and one in the middle titled, "Setting Scriptural Imagery: Dylan and Corigliano."

"The first is about how these songs are new settings of texts by Bob Dylan, and how the idea of place - where the composers were when they composed on these texts, both literally and figuratively - informs the settings," Todd said. "The second is about the idea of setting texts rooted in scriptural themes and how the faith of the composer informs those settings."

McQuade was enthused when Dean and Todd jumped on the opportunity to perform "Mr. Tambourine Man."

"I found Corigliano's setting of Dylan's poems in 2006 just as I was finishing up my doctoral degree at The University of Mississippi," McQuade said. "I was immediately intrigued by the notion of a modern day ‘classical' composer setting texts of one of pop culture's most renowned song-writers to music. I began talking with Kristen Stauffer Todd about it, and she, as well, seemed interested in studying Corigliano's interpretation of Dylan's texts. The very next day, I spoke with Michael Dean about it, and he was immediately on board with the project. It seemed to me like the perfect partnership of singer, accompanist and musicologist to bring to life Corigliano's and Dylan's masterpieces."

Dean is assistant professor of music at OBU. He maintains an active schedule as a workshop clinician, adjudicator, solo performer and collaborative artist. He earned two bachelor's degrees, in piano performance and mathematics, at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. He earned a master's degree and Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma.

A Canadian lyric coloratura soprano, McQuade serves as assistant professor of music at OBU. She has credits in opera, oratorio and musical theatre and maintains an active performance schedule in the United States and Canada. She earned a bachelor's degree at Mount Allison University; an artist diploma in voice performance at the University of Western Ontario; a master's degree in solo vocal performance at McGill University; and a Ph.D. at the University of Mississippi.

Todd serves as chair of OBU's Division of Music and associate professor of music. A lively and thought-provoking speaker, she has presented numerous pre-concert lectures with expertise in early music, Romanticism and musical cultural identity. She earned a bachelor's degree at Baylor University; a master's degree at the University of North Texas; and a Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky. In 2004, she received the OBU Promising Teacher Award.

Admission to the recital is free. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Jennifer McQuade at jennifer.mcquade@okbu.edu.