Alumni return to campus for Lied performance

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Alumni return to campus for Lied performance

The choral group Cantus will perform Nov. 3 at UNL's Lied Center for Performing Arts. The group includes UNL alumni Adam Fieldson (second from left) and Chris Foss (far right).

During his time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Glenn Korff School of Music alumnus Adam Fieldson performed the title role of “Candide,” Nerone in “L’incoronazione di Poppea,” Lysander in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Romeo in “Roméo et Juliette.” On Nov. 3, the tenor returns to UNL and the Lied Center for Performing Arts to perform his latest role with Cantus, one of the finest touring choral groups in the nation.

Cantus is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and blend and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The group performs more than 60 concerts each year including performances at the Kennedy Center, UCLA and New York’s Merkin Concert Hall.

Since graduating from UNL, Fieldson’s achievements include performances as Nicely Nicely in “Guys and Dolls,” Galahad in “A Connecticut Yankee” at Ohio Light Opera Company, Eisenstein in “Die Fledermaus” at New York Opera Exchange and Jack in “Into the Woods” at Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

Please explain your connection to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Glenn Korff School of Music.

Adam Fieldson: I went to the Glenn Korff School of Music for both my bachelor’s and my masters in music. Needless to say, I’ve spent a lot of time in Lincoln. In fact, I’ve lived in Lincoln longer than any other place, so I consider myself an honorary Lincolnite. It really feels like home.

Did you have any particularly memorable experiences during your time on campus?

AF: I’ll never forget the performances I had on the Lied Center’s main stage. While I was in college, we did a performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” both very memorable performances. My most memorable experiences with the Lied Center took place in the more intimate setting of the Carson Theatre, though. Many performances of Menotti’s “Amahl” and the “Night Visitors” come to mind.

How did your time at the Glenn Korff School of Music prepare you for your career and specifically for your current position with an internationally renowned group like Cantus?

AF: Without the education I received at UNL, there is no way I would be where I am professionally. To be able to sing every day for a living is so cool. I truly have brilliant professors like Bill Shomos, Pete Eklund, and most of all Alisa Belflower to thank for this.

What can we expect from your performance with Cantus at the Lied Center on Nov. 3?

AF: “The Four Loves” is such a well-crafted program, I’m very thankful that I get to sing it on tour. It explores the four different words that the Greeks had for love through music. You’ll hear a wide variety of songs, reflecting the many different types of love.

What does a typical day look like for you now on tour with Cantus?

AF: There is no typical day with Cantus. When on tour, we may have a concert, a school concert, a master class, travel hours, or any combination of the above in a day. I love the varied schedule; it keeps me on my toes.

Any must-sees/dos while you’re in Lincoln?

AF: I don’t know about must-sees in Lincoln, but I know what I’ll be getting while I’m in town: a Long John from LaMar’s, a cup of coffee from The Coffee House, a Dark Side from Lazlo’s, a roast beef sandwich from Doozy’s, some ice cream from Ivanna Cone, and biscuits and gravy at The Green Gateau. I’m going to be busy.

Cantus will perform at the Lied Center at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3. The performance will also feature UNL alumnus Chris Foss. Tickets are half price for students and can be purchased at, by phone at 402-472-4747 or in person at the Lied Center box office at 12th and Q streets.

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