Flashes of Inspiration: Tenor Performs Song of Hope, Encouragement
Today’s Flashes of Inspiration is from tenor Timothy Culver, who since 2002 has been an assistant professor of voice at Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Culver is a staple in the Great Lakes music scene, where he performs both opera and musical theater works.
He is performing “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” from the 1945 Broadway musical “Carousel” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, for their stage adaptation of the Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 play “Liliom.” The song was featured again when the musical was made into a movie starring Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae in 1956.
Some, however, might recognize it as the song performed by comedian Jerry Lewis at the end of his annual Labor Day telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He sang the song at the close of the show from 1964 through 2010.
The BBC recently reported that a 1963 recording of the song by the British musical group Gerry & the Pacemakers, has experienced a resurgence in popularity throughout the United Kingdom and parts of Europe as an anthem for healthcare workers and other frontline responders battling COVID-19.
Flashes of Inspiration is an ongoing series of videos showcasing the talents of Kent State faculty and staff aimed at providing an uplifting respite from the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.