Hite to perform British and German songs

William Hite, professor of voice in the Department of Music and Dance, will present a recital of British and German works on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall.

Hite’s program will include songs by British composers Henry Purcell, Gerald Finzi, Robert Schumann and Richard Strauss. Hite will be joined by Larry Schipull on harpsichord, Alice Robbins on gamba and Harry Jensen on piano.

Hite, who received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree from the Boston Conservatory, has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, New York City Ballet, National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa), Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Tafelmusik and Philharmonia Baroque.

Hite’s operatic roles have been with the Boston Early Music Festival, Long Beach Opera and Kentucky Opera. He has also performed at the Tanglewood, Sante Fe, Monadnock, Banff and Vancouver Music Festivals.

A former faculty member at Boston University, Cornell University, Walnut Hill School and the New England Conservatory Extension Division, Hite began his work at UMass Amherst in 2002.

Admission is $10 general public, $5 for students, senior citizens and children under 18. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office (545-2511).