Lodine and Svenningsen to perform “Abraham and Isaac”
Emily Lodine, mezzo soprano, and Russell Svenningsen, tenor, will perform during the Akeda Conference. They will sing “Abraham and Isaac,” a short cantata by Benjamin Britten, at 3:30 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall on Tuesday, April 13. Debra Reid will accompany them on the piano.
Their performance is underwritten by the Department of Performing and Visual Arts and the Hovland Center for Liturgical Arts at Augustana. This performance is free and open to the public.
Emily Lodine , Mezzo Soprano
Emily Lodine has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the symphonies of Omaha, Milwaukee, Detroit, Jacksonville, Indianapolis and Phoenix. She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut in Handel's Messiah under the baton of conductor and composer John Rutter.
Russell P. Svenningsen, Tenor
Russell Svenningsen holds a Master’s degree, Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati, Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. He is a doctoral candidate in Music Education at Boston University and is currently finishing his dissertation.
Svenningson recently accepted a faculty position in the Department of Music at Augustana College. He will direct the Collegiate Chorale and teach studio voice lessons. Currently working at South Minnesota State University, Svenningsen conducts the Concert Choir and Men’s Glee Club. He is also the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Choirs of Note: Minnesota Invitational Choral Festival™. An active performer, Svenningsen regularly appears in both opera and oratorio, most recently premiering the role of the Troll in The Trixster and the Troll, by Kristin Kuster and Heartland Opera.
Debra Reid, free-lance pianist and accompanist, is a native of northwest Iowa. She holds degrees in piano from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and the University of Iowa, where she studied with Larry Graham and Kerry Grippe. Reid has worked in Italy with the Rome Festival Orchestra and in Paris with Opera UNESCO. She appeared frequently as a soloist, accompanist, and ensemble musician in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area while teaching for eight years at the MacPhail Center for Music.
In addition to her freelance work, Reid serves as rehearsal accompanist for the South Dakota Symphony Chorus.
Director, Congregational Outreach & Liturgical Arts