John Jeffrey Tanner

June 18, 2011

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Gazette intern

Now that his stint at one of the most prestigious performing art schools in the world is over, Andrew Bogard is prepared to show the city of Delaware what he’s learned.

After spending much of his childhood in Marion, Bogard, moved to Delaware in the seventh grade. He attended Delaware city schools until his junior year when he began his studies at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.

Early this year, Bogard received his undergraduate degree free the Juilliard School in New York. Since then, he has arranged to produce a musical performance in Delaware.

Bogard’s concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Asbury Methodist Church at 55 W. Lincoln Ave. in Delaware. The performance will be free and open to the public. Featuring contemporary pieces, arias and duets, the show is a culmination of everything Bogard has learned over the course of his seven years of musical education. This will be Bogard’s sixth performance in Delaware, his first since graduating from Juilliard.

Joining Bogard in the production is Robert Nims, pianist and former vocal instructor at Ohio Wesleyan. Also taking the stage are vocalists Samuel Hinkle and Alfreda Bommer, and violinist Sharon Chittock, all local musicians.

The performance will feature primarily contemporary music, with various methods of vocalization sung in several languages including German and Russian. Bogard said he hopes the show will be relatable to the audience, and plans to keep the show interesting by utilizing a wide variety of musical styles.

“This is the first time that all of my music has been from, basically, 1750 on,” Bogard said. “Normally, I include something baroque or renaissance, but this time, I really wanted to include some contemporary American composers that write accessible music.”

With his Juilliard education complete, Bogard plans to apply the skills he attained during his studies at the acclaimed arts school. Compared to previous performances, Bogard said Sunday’s recital is expected to display an increase in technical quality and artistic exploration.

“I hope technically, it will sound better,” Bogard said. “I hope that artistically, the pieces will be more engaging, and that the communication will be more honest and accessible.

Bogard consistently returns to Delaware to put on musical performances due to the support of his family, friends and the local art community.

“Each year that I come back to Delaware, the town shows me more of its great qualities,” Bogard said. “Delaware, for its location and size, has a really great community in arts. Definitely, the arts scene is something that kind of brings me back.”