Oklahoma Baptist University

Lilites to Present ‘Four Loves’ Recital Feb. 14

Dr. Louima Lilite (left) will present a recital accompanied on the piano by his wife, Dephanie Lilite (right).

Dr. Louima Lilite, a tenor who serves as assistant professor of music at OBU, will present a concert titled “Four Loves” on Tuesday, Feb. 14, accompanied by his wife, concert pianist Dephanie Lilite. The recital, which will be at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium, is free and open to the community.

The concert will commence with a focus on “Eros,” or romantic, love. The program will include “Loving You” by Stephen Sondheim; “The Daisies,” Op. 1, No. 1, by Samuel Barber; “At the Well” by Richard Hageman; “The Salley Gardens” by Benjamin Britten; “As I Lay in the Early Sun” by Gerald Finzi; and “Russian Picnic” by Harvey Enders.

The second “love” of the concert is “Phileo,” or brotherly, love. The program will include “Sea Fever” by John Ireland and “Luke Havergal” by John Woods Duke.

The third portion of the concert will represent “Storge,” or affectionate, love. The program will include “Whither Must I Wander?” by Ralph Vaughan Williams; “American Lullaby” by Gladys Rich; and “The Sleep that Flits on Baby’s Eyes” and “When I Bring to You Coloured Toys” by John Alden Carpenter.

The final “love” featured in song will be “Agape” love, representing the unconditional love of God. The program will include “The Call” by Vaughan Williams; “It Must Make the Good Lord Sad” by Carlisle Floyd; “Grace” by Mark Hayes; “Serenity” by Charles Ives; and “Lord Jesus Christ!” by Samuel Barber.

Lilite earned a doctorate in voice performance and literature at Eastman School of Music, a master’s degree in voice performance and pedagogy at Pennsylvania State University, and a bachelor’s degree in voice and piano performance at Biola University. His performing credits include works from opera, oratorio, chamber music and the art song repertories. He has been featured several times with the Buffalo, N.Y., Philharmonic Orchestra. He has sung in the Middle East, Haiti and throughout the United States in concert and opera. His career has also guided his path to study with Carol Webber and perform for Dawn Upshaw, Benita Valente, Menahem Pressler, Brian Zeger and Israeli contralto Mira Zakai.

Among other honors, Lilite received OBU’s Promising Teacher Award in 2009-10, the Music Teachers National Association Student Achievement Recognition (StAR) Award in 2007-08, the Excellence in Teaching Prize for teaching assistants at the Eastman School of Music in 2006-07 and the Presser Award.

Mrs. Lilite has concertized extensively in London, Haiti and across the United States as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. She has performed in master classes conducted by Menahem Pressler, Béla Siki, Howard Karp and Christopher Taylor. A southern California native, she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Conservatory of Music at Biola University. She pursued graduate studies under the tutelage of French pianist Marylène Dosse at Pennsylvania State University and earned a master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy in 2001. In addition to teaching private lessons and other ministry, she accompanies the Shawnee Honor Choir in OBU’s Preparatory Department.