2016 Ladino Song Concert - Ruth C. Friedberg, Pianist
Piano, Flute and Vocal Recital, Lecture & Reception | Thursday, February 18th, 2016 | 7:30pm
Ruth Friedberg has had a richly varied career as a performer, teacher, and writer. She studied piano with Frank Sheridan of New York City's Mannes School and Vladimir Sokoloff in Philadelphia, and holds academic degrees from Barnard College (B.A.) and the University of North Carolina (M.A.in musicology). Friedberg was a member of the Duke University music faculty for twelve years, and has also taught at the New School of Music in Philadelphia, the University of Texas at Austin and San Antonio, and San Antonio College. Most recently, she was Director of Music at the University of the Incarnate Word where she was nominated for the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Professorship in recognition of her academic career.
Ruth Friedberg has performed in concerts of chamber music and the vocal literature all over the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Asia. During her tenure at Duke University, she recorded a two volume series with tenor John Hanks called Art Song in America which was originally published by Duke University Press and reissued by them in 1998. After moving to Texas, she began a ten year term as keyboard artist for the San Antonio Symphony, in which capacity she performed as soloist in the Carnival of the Animals together with Lawrence Leighton Smith, the musical director of the orchestra.
Scarecrow Press has published Friedberg's three volume series of books called American Art Song and American Poetry (first edition), and she has also written many journal articles, reviews of new music publications, and entries in Grove's Dictionary and American National Biography. Other publications are a collection of poetry titled Coasts (1990); Circle of Women (1993),a song cycle (words by Friedberg, music by Lawrence Weiner); The Complete Pianist-Body, Mind, Synthesis (1993); and the fifteen volume series of Art Songs by American Women Composers (1994-2000), which Friedberg has collected and edited. Her most recently published works, written in collaboration with Robin Fisher, are Selected Writings of John Duke: 1917-1984 (2007) and the completely revised second edition of American Art Song and American Poetry (2012). Friedberg is widely in demand for her lecture-recitals which combine her performing and academic interests. She has given these at the University of Michigan, University of Arkansas, Duke University, University of Texas, Colorado State University, University of Calgary, Albright Institute in Jerusalem, Hong Kong Baptist College, and throughout Latin America.
Ruth Friedberg also has a daughter with a developmental disability. Jean has been a resident in RMI’s supervised apartment-living program for the past twenty-eight years. Ms. Friedberg’s involvement with local support for individuals with disabilities has included a twenty-year term on the Board of Directors for Reaching Maximum Independence, Inc. and a period of five years as President of the Board. Ruth's daughter, Jean, is a fully participating member of Temple Beth-El, where she was confirmed and became a Bat-Mitzvah during the tenure of former senior Rabbis, Samuel Stahl and Barry Bloch.
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