April 13, 2008 : Echoes of Empire

INTERMEZZO Free Sunday Concerts
April 13, 2008 @ 2:30 p.m.

Echoes of the Empire

Music and Poetry of Great Britain

Robert W. Tudor, baritone
Scott Watkins, piano

Don't miss this enticing program featuring Jacksonville University faculty performing English song cycles and folksong settings!

Where: Main Library
Hicks Auditorium (Conference Level)
303 North Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

    Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad
    The House of Life
    Sing Me at Midnight
    The Last Rose of Summer
    Danny Boy


Robert W. Tudor is the Chair of Jacksonville University's Division of Music and Assistant Professor of Voice and Music Theatre. Before moving to Jacksonville he served as Assistant Dean at Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C., and has held positions as adjunct voice instructor, stage director, and jazz choir director at Shepherd College in West Virginia. He also was an adjunct voice instructor at Salisbury University in Maryland, and was Choir Director at both Deltona High School in Volusia County, Florida, and Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Silver Spring, Maryland. His administrative career includes positions in programming and management at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, The Florida International Festival, and as Director of Entertainment onboard the Cape May Light cruise ship.

Dr. Tudor enjoys performing opera, musical theatre, and concert works in many genres throughout the nation. He is passionate about presenting interdisciplinary performances and has designed thematic recitals employing simultaneous projections of visual media, including paintings, historical photographs, and sculpture, which relate to the poetry of the song texts.

Awards include a 2003 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, and 2004 Artist of the Year from Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, and his degrees include a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University, a Master of Music from the University of Miami, and, a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Scott Watkins, Assistant Professor of Piano at Jacksonville University, is well known to First Coast audiences for his appearances with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, his numerous solo recitals, and his frequent collaborations with many of the areas finest singers and instrumentalists. His 1985 U.S. debut, an all-Bach recital given in Chicago, was broadcast live nationwide, and has been followed by a steady flow of solo and concerto performances in North and South America, Europe and the Caribbean. He has been heard often in the United States and Canada on National Public Radio and Television, and in South America and Europe on The Voice of America. Performances have included the world premieres of Elie Siegmeister’s From These Shores and Ned Rorem’s Song and Dance.

An active chamber musician, Watkins is a founding member of the Florida Arts Trio and has appeared with the LaSalle Quartet and violinist Eugene Fodor, and a recent performance with violinist Hillary Hahn was broadcast on NPR's "Performance Today." Much in demand as an accompanist, he appeared with soprano Elizabeth Futral and baritone Steven White in a recital of Wolff's Italian Song Book in Chicago, and he has released a disc of late romantic lieder with White. Watkins has also released two solo discs, one featuring works from his New York debut at Carnegie Hall, and another, Christmas Cards, featuring music for the holiday season, with works by Bach, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Grainger, and others.

Professor Watkins is the recipient of numerous awards, including the John Philip Sousa Award for Outstanding American Musicians, Rotary Club of Florida's Annual Artistic Merit Award, and France's Jeunesse Musicales. In 1985, he became the youngest winner ever of The U.S. Department of State's Artistic Ambassador Award. His degrees include a Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Music from University of South Carolina, and a Doctor of Musical Arts (ABD) from Florida State University.