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Michael Burgess
Michael Burgess

UTSA presents 'Romantic Artsongs of Franz Liszt'

(Jan. 13, 2005)--The UTSA Department of Music Monday Night Artist Series presents "Romantic Artsongs of Franz Liszt" featuring faculty tenor Michael Burgess and pianist Geoffrey Waite at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 24 in the Arts Building Recital Hall at the 1604 Campus.

Tickets are $9, $7 for students with I.D. UTSA students are admitted free with UTSACard. For tickets and more information, call (210) 458-5685.

The concert of music set to poems by Victor Hugo, Heirich Hein, Goethe, Schiller and Petrarch features Burgess, a UTSA assistant professor of voice, accompanied on piano by Waite.

Burgess earned a doctor of musical arts degree in vocal performance at University of Michigan. He received a master of music degree from Western Michigan University and a bachelor of arts in philosophy and music from Calvin College.

He has sung roles such as Tonio ("La Fille du Regiment"), Alfredo ("La Traviata"), Tamino ("The Magic Flute") and the title role in Benjamin Britten's "Albert Herring."

Burgess played Frankie in the hit musical, "Forever Plaid," for three sellout seasons in West Michigan. He sang in several modern operas including Philip Glass' "The Fall of the House of Usher," Stephen Paulus' "The Three Hermits," Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah" and the title role in the Detroit premiere of Russian composer David Finko's "Abraham and Hannah," based on the true story of the uprising at the concentration camp at Treblinka.

His San Antonio performances include the roles of Frederick in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Vexler Children's Theater and Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the San Pedro Playhouse.

Burgess has sung in many oratorio and concert performances including Handel's "Messiah," Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," Mozart's "Requiem" and J. S. Bach's "Magnificat," "Mass in G" and "The Coffee Cantata."

Waite received his bachelor of music degree from Westminster College in Pennsylvania and his master of music degree from Syracuse University. He performs as a jazz pianist, serves as organist and music director at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and is pianist for the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers Chorus."

--Tim Brownlee

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