Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Faculty Members to Take Manhattanville College Stage in Recital


Bruce Eidem and Christopher PfundBruce Eidem and Christopher Pfund
The Manhattanville College Music Department will present a Faculty Recital featuring Christopher Pfund, tenor and Bruce Eidem, trombone, on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m.

The program will include “La bonne chanson Op. 61” by Gabriel Fauré featuring Pfund, tenor accompanied by pianist Manon Hutton-DeWys, “Ballade” by Eugene Bozza, “Elegy For Mippy ll” by Leonard Bernstein, “Sonata in A Minor” by Benedetto Marcello, “Struttin' With Some BBQ” by Lil Hardin Armstrong and “Colloquy” by William Goldstein featuring Eidem, trombone, accompanied by pianist Jeongeun Yom.

Pfund has performed to critical acclaim with countless major orchestras and oratorio festivals throughout North America including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, New York Oratorio Society and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. International engagements have included performances in the Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico and Brazil. Critics have praised his “rounded vocal beauty” and The New York Times called his voice an “attractive tenor [that] helps define a sympathetic character.”

Universally recognized for his irreverent portrayals of the roasting swan in Orff’s “Carmina Burana”, Pfund has made the role a pillar of his career with over 150 performances on three continents. His wide repertoire includes not only the standard Baroque masterpieces such as Bach’s “Mass in B minor” and Handel’s “Messiah,” but also much of the 20th century canon of concert repertoire including Britten’s “War Requiem” and the Klaus-Narr from Schoenberg’s “Gurre-Lieder.”

While best known for his oratorio work with orchestra, Pfund has also enjoyed success on the opera stage, including performances with Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Florentine Opera, and Santa Fe Opera among others.  An impassioned performer of contemporary music, he has regularly collaborated with composers and artists in cutting-edge New York venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Theater for the New City and The Performing Garage. A consummate recitalist, Pfund presents performances of the song cycles of Schubert, Schumann, Britten and Brahms as well as other celebrated composers of the classical song literature.

Eidem began studying the trombone, with his father Orville, at age 10. After earning a B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music and a M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, he established himself as one of New York City's most versatile players. He has toured with Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton and Tony Bennett and has performed with the American Symphony, the New York City Opera, the New York Pops and more than 60 different Broadway shows.

He has also recorded with John Cage, Wayne Shorter, Phil Collins, Mario Bauza, the American Theatre Orchestra, several film scores, numerous Broadway show cast albums, and many TV/radio commercials. Eidem is happily married to his wife Christine, and is the proud father of Ben and Tim.

The concert will take place in the West Room in Reid Hall on the College’s campus, 2900 Purchase St., Purchase, N.Y.  Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call the College’s Music Office at (914) 323-5260 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.