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If music be the food of love, play on!

Norfolk Collegiate invites you to share your Valentine’s Day with us. World renewed Baritone David Krohn ’02 to perform during our celebration of 400 years since Shakespeare on Valentine’s Day at 3 p.m. in the Meredith Center for the Arts Hackney Theater.

Krohn’s performance is part of Collegiate’s second annual Betty M. and William B. Jones Humanities Speaker Series—Politics, Stage and Silver Screen: 400 Years Since Shakespeare.

He will take guest through a musical voyage that will not only reveal the life and works of William Shakespeare but to also captivate the audience in such a way that will cause them to leave the evening thinking of classical music in a different light.

“I strive to remove the stuffiness which people associate with classical music,” Krohn said. “People assume you need a high caliber education or to dress a certain way to appreciate this genre of music; however, the beauty of the music is in the performance.”

Krohn’s primary goal is to create an atmosphere where human emotion can be captured and be relatable.

“I center my performance on my audience,” he said. “I narrate the program to convey an understanding and connection with my audience. I’ll tell them what the piece is about, why I like it and what they should look for while listening to it.”

Betty Jones, who developed the Jones Speakers Series alongside her husband William B. Jones, contributed to the success of Krohn’s early beginnings.

“When I was accepted into the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, she was filled with joy,” said Krohn. “I knew my education at Collegiate was a great one; however, I didn’t know what I wanted to do after high school. Mrs. Jones knew when I found music it was the key; she inspired and encouraged me.”

Peabody Institute is the nation’s oldest conservatory and inspires artists to pursue the necessary skills to become effective professional musicians.

“I must admit that I am especially looking forward to David Krohn's appearance. His performance, If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On, will feature a variety of musical styles, genres and composers,” said Jones. “Attendees will not have to be opera aficionados to enjoy David's concert. I have had repeated opportunities to hear him in concert, and I can confidently declare that the audience will be in for a Valentine's Day treat.”

Jones hopes to highlight Collegiate’s educational mission and showcase our dedication to intellectual pursuits.

“My goal is the one at the heart of the series and which led to its establishment in 2014—to foster a greater appreciation of the nature and significance of the humanities and to exemplify how they broaden our understandings of ourselves and our history,” said Jones.

The Shakespearean theme will highlight hundreds of operas derived from the plays of the great Brad in French, German, Italian and English.

The series encompasses such areas as history, literature, opera, politics, drama, music and film; this year's programs can contribute more to that understanding than any one discipline alone could do, said Jones. “My former colleague and mentor, Lou Vermillion, who in the 1960s initiated the first humanities class at Norfolk Collegiate School, known then as Carolton Oaks School, instilled in me a love of the subject.  My ultimate tribute to her would be to instill this passionate appreciation in others.”

Krohn seeks to bring the uniqueness of Shakespeare to life for his audience.

“One thing that makes Shakespeare so unique is his ability to create emotion through his art,” said Krohn. “He’s able to capture moments of emotions; he understands the human conduction and elevates music to emote that level.”

Krohn’s arching goal is to relate classical music and its language to the everyday audience.  

“I hope to tap into it to quickly unlock something with the audience in such a way as to surprise them and to make it relatable,” said Krohn. “People don’t need a big degree to connect to classical music; music is universal.”

Politics, Stage and Silver Screen presentations are free and open to the public and are followed by a reception in the Franklin Lobby of the Meredith Center for the Arts.

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