DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University will present faculty members Marilyn Nims, mezzo soprano, and Robert Nims, piano, in recital at 8 p.m. April 16.
The free concert will be held in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Titled “Manners…the way we are,” the concert will consist of art songs and music theatre excerpts.
“Each selection places a lens over aspects of our shared human character,” the couple said. “Romantic love, family life, work, racism, and war are illuminated with poignancy, joy, humor, and sometimes horror.”
The works are intended to communicate easily to all audiences, they said. Most offerings are in English, but the concert also will feature attractive and meaningful works in German, Spanish, and French.
Marilyn Nims is a professor of music at Ohio Wesleyan, where she has taught since 1984. She has been soloist with many orchestras and choral groups including the Columbus, Mansfield, Welsh Hills, Central Ohio, and Columbus Youth symphony orchestras, as well as Cantari Singers and the Columbus Bach Ensemble. She also has sung with the Marble Cliff Chamber Players, Ohio Wesleyan’s Duvall Ensemble, and the sextet Vocal Colour.
Robert Nims retired in 2002 from Ohio Wesleyan, where he was a professor of voice and director of choral activities. Trained as both an organist and singer, he has appeared as baritone soloist with Opera Columbus and Cantari Singers as well as with the Columbus Symphony, the Akron Symphony, the Mansfield Symphony, and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. Since his retirement, he has served as an interim teacher of voice at Capital University and at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is currently a member of the adjunct voice faculties of Otterbein University and Ohio Wesleyan.
Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.