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Lydia Cappaert to perform in Saginaw Valley State concert

Courtesy photo by Kyle Will. Cardinal Singers.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank J.J. Boehm for the information in this story as well as the photo.)

Saginaw Valley State University students next week plan to transform William Shakespeare’s texts into music during a concert event on campus.

An ensemble featuring 49 performers from both SVSU’s Concert Choir and Cardinal Singers will present the concert – titled “The Food of Love” – Monday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Rhea Miller Recital Hall.

The event is free and open to everyone.

Lydia Cappaert, a music education major from Chelsea, is a member of Cardinal Singers.

“The Food of Love” largely will feature music with lyrics taken from Shakespeare works such as “As You Like It,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Tempest” and “Twelfth Night.” The program also will include performances of “The Red, Blue and White” by musician Scott Tuttle as well as “Beatus Vir” by 16th-century Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi.

The concert’s vocalists will be directed by Kevin Simons, SVSU associate professor of music.

Amanda Stamper will serve as a piano and harpsichord accompanist while Susan Mercy of the Midland Symphony Orchestra and Emily Kinnicutt will play violin.

For more information about the event, contact the SVSU Department of Music at 989-964-4159 or visit

Saginaw Valley State University is a comprehensive university with more than 90 programs of study for its more than 8,000 students. Located on a suburban campus in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region, SVSU is committed to a supportive and empowering environment for students.

SVSU emphasizes undergraduate teaching and learning, and community-based research. In 2015, SVSU received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a distinction achieved by only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. By their senior year, 84 percent of students have engaged with community employers and agencies in internships, field placements or some other component of their academic preparation.

SVSU is establishing itself as a leader in STEM education for the Great Lakes Bay Region, partnering with businesses, foundations and school districts to improve students’ performance in math and science at the middle school, high school and university levels.

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