Sunday - October 15, 2023
4pm | Ann Nicole Nelson Hall
Adults: $20
Ages 17 & Under: $10 
MSU Students: free w/ student I.D.
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Featuring Kelly Burns, tenor and Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano
A song recital including the World premiere of Emerson Eads' Khalil Songs
Meet the Performers
Concert Program
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Kelly Burns, Tenor

Tenor Kelly W. Burns (he/him) is an active performer of opera, concert works, musical theater, and recital throughout North America in vocal repertoire spanning from Claudio Monteverdi to living composers. Among his stage credits are leading and supporting roles in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Donizetti's Elisir d’amore, Verdi's Rigoletto, Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and A Little Night Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel. Kelly has also sung tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s B Minor Mass and Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. He has performed for organizations such as the Chautauqua Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Opera Roanoke, Memphis Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society of New York, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Chamber Opera, Opera Project Columbus, LancasterChorale and the Oxford Shakespeare Festival.

Art song recitals and chamber music balance Kelly’s stage and concert performances. In addition to traditional art songs by North American and European composers, Kelly also has a strong interest in new songs and chamber music. He is founder of the Unity Series at NDSU which promotes the performance of and education about music written by women, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC composers and regularly programs these works alongside traditional Western composers.

As music director and conductor, Kelly’s repertoire includes the operas and musicals Le nozze di Figaro, Dido and Aeneas, The Pirates of Penzance, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, Man of La Mancha, A Year with Frog and Toad, and The Sound of Music. He has prepared choruses and/or scenes from The Magic Flute, Sweeney Todd, Don Giovanni, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Die Fledermaus, La Traviata, Louise, and Maria Stuarda.

Kelly joined the voice faculty at North Dakota State University Challey School of Music in 2019. He teaches voice lessons and diction and is Director of NDSU Opera. Kelly holds degrees in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Mississippi.
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Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano

Nicholas Shaneyfelt is Associate Professor of Music in Collaborative Piano at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he coaches singers, provides musical direction for the opera program, and collaborates in recital regularly with faculty and students.  He completed doctoral studies in the Collaborative Piano studio of Martin Katz at the University of Michigan. Prior to Michigan, he served as Staff Accompanist for the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Dr. Shaneyfelt serves as associate director of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, a summer festival for instrumentalists, singers, and composers in Duino, Italy. He was also a music director at Belvoir Terrace in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Dr. Shaneyfelt appears on saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen’s album “Second Flight,” released in 2021 on Innova Records.
Originally from Knightstown, Indiana, Dr. Shaneyfelt received Bachelor’s degrees in Music and Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Music degree from UMass with a dual focus in Solo and Collaborative Piano. His piano trio, “The Nora Trio,” was the first Notre Dame chamber ensemble to be selected as a finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Dr. Shaneyfelt tours frequently with tenor Kelly Burns, supported by the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization that aims to bring live classical music to underserved regions of the country.
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From La traviata
Giuseppe Verdi
Deh miei bollenti spiriti 
Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
Maurice Ravel
I.             Chanson de la mariée
II.           Là-bas, vers l’église
III.         Quel galant m’est comparable
IV.        Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques
V.          Tout gai!
Ziegeunerlieder, Op. 103  
Johannes Brahms
I.             He, Zigeuner, greife in die Saiten ein 
II.           Hochgetürmte Rimaflut
III.         Wisst ihr, wann mein Kindchen
IV.        Lieber Gott, du weisst
V.          Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze
VI.        Röslein dreie in der Reihe
VII.      Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn
VIII.    Rote Abendwolken zieh’n am Firmament
From A View from the Bridge
William Bolcom
New York Lights 
(b. 1938)
Valerie Capers
(b. 1935)
Creole Girl   
H. Leslie Adams
(b. 1932)
Kahlil Songs 
Emerson Eads
1.            Clothes                                      
2.            Love
3.            Friendship
4.            Death
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