Wesley College’s concert and lecture series is intended to promote diversity in the arts and social awareness. It continues in this vein with “Inspired by America,” a concert that celebrates the diversity that exists in not only the United States, but across the Americas.


    Wesley College’s concert and lecture series is intended to promote diversity in the arts and social awareness. It continues in this vein with “Inspired by America,” a concert that celebrates the diversity that exists in not only the United States, but across the Americas.

    “Inspired by America” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Schwartz Center for the Arts.

    Dr. David Laganella, assistant professor of music, said the theme seemed appropriate considering the proximity of the concert to recent inaugural events.

    That theme echoed with the musicians playing the concert, too.

    “We sort of felt this warmth in this American song tradition, which is sort of appropriate right now,” said guitarist Daniel Lippel.

    Lippel and soprano Elizabeth Weigle will perform an array of songs, such as Stephen Foster’s “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” a piece based on a negro spiritual, a George Gershwin medley and a work by Vineet Shende, an Indian American whose composition is a setting to Pablo Neruda’s love poems. They also will perform two pieces in Spanish and a setting of an Argentine text by Carlos Guido y Spano.

    When they first got the directive the concert was going to focus on the American folk tradition, Lippel had a broad canvas in mind.

    “The immediate thing is it’s American as apple pie, and it is, but these things have come from all different directions in heritage,” he said. “It made for a nice, rounded program, and the idea that certainly Spanish-speaking people have become a really big part of this country.”

    Lippel’s idea about the show meshes with Laganella’s of the program as a whole.

    “It’s trying to bring a variety of issues, exposing the plight of many different people, and celebrating many different art forms,” he said.

    The show will be approximately 90 minutes and includes a brief intermission. There also will be
time after the show for attendees to speak informally with Lippel and Weigle.

If you go...

What: “Inspired by America,” a concert featuring
guitarist Dan Lippel and soprano Elizabeth Weigle in Wesley College’s Arts and Cultures series
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29
Where: Schwartz Center for the Arts
Admission: Free
Information: Call Dr. David Laganella at 736-2446