Internationally Acclaimed Lyric Baritone Jonathan Retzlaff to Perform March 3 at OU

Internationally Acclaimed Lyric Baritone Jonathan Retzlaff to Perform at Oakland University

The Music Program at Oakland University welcomes internationally acclaimed lyric baritone and Eastman School of Music faculty member Jonathan Retzlaff for an elegant and charming evening of beautifully sung art songs.

Internationally Acclaimed Lyric Baritone Jonathan Retzlaff

Internationally Acclaimed Lyric Baritone Jonathan Retzlaff

Dr. Retzlaff will perform in Varner Recital Hall on Friday, March 3 at 8:00 p.m. on the Oakland University campus. The concert, with Jennifer McGuire on piano, will include:

Henry Purcell; Music for a While, Not All My Torments, I’ll Sail upon the Dog Star

Franz Liszt; Tre Sonetti di Petrarca

Maurice Ravel; Histoires Naturelles

Cole Porter; Night and Day, Goodbye Little Dream, Goodbye, The Tale of the Oyster, I Concentrate On You, Begin the Beguine 

Before joining the Voice and Opera faculty of the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Retzlaff served as chair of the Voice Department at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. For more than thirty years, he has performed professionally as a soloist in opera, oratorio, recital, and musical theatre.  Following his New York debut recital of French mélodies at Carnegie Recital Hall, Dr. Retzlaff has championed the art of the song recital on prestigious concert series including the National Gallery of Art and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; the A. I. Lack Music Master Series at the University of Houston, Texas; and the Bechstein Recital Series in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and internationally in Graz, Austria. He has also performed on the Community Concert Series under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management, on National Public Radio, and at colleges and universities around the country.

Varner Recital Hall is located at 371 Varner Drive. Apple smart phone users can find the location by entering Varner Hall into their Maps app. Campus maps are available at Ample free parking will be available in lots 24 and 26.

Tickets are $14, and $8 for students. They may be purchased online, by phone at (800) 585-3737 and at the Varner Box Office on OU’s campus. Tickets ordered online or by phone can be picked up at the box office one hour before the performance begins.

Directions and complete ticket information are both available at

For more information about Oakland University Music, Theatre and Dance programs and performances, call (248) 370-2030 or visit


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