10.16.17Upcoming Performances

Andrea will be performing in the First Baptist Concert Series in Decatur, Illinois on Wednesday, December 6 at 12:00 noon. First Baptist is located at 1320 Arbor Drive in Decatur, Illinois. The concert is free. More information can be found at http://decaturfbc.com/news-events/news-and-events

Andrea will also be singing the alto solo in Mozart's Requiem on April 22, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Doudna Fine Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.
More information can be found at https://www.eiu.edu/doudna/events.php?id=422

12.14.16PEACE REALIZED - Upcoming Concert - December 14

Andrea will give a concert as part of the Music For a Season of Joy series at First Baptist Church of Decatur, Illinois on Wednesday, December 14 at 12:00 noon.

We get busy, distracted and all that hustle bustle makes it hard to hear God. Before we know it, all we can see is our calendar and task lists. We focus on our failures and faults and begin to build barriers with our shame and regret, keeping us from accepting Jesus in our hearts.

This concert offers songs of hope and peace to help our searching and longing for acceptance. The hope of Peace Realized through the birth of Jesus.

08.22.16Adjunct Instructor at EIU

I have taken a position as an Adjunct Instructor with Eastern Illinois University.

04.17.16Upcoming Performance

Andrea will be singing with the Decatur Municipal Band again this summer. Her first appearance will be Monday, June 6 at Central Park in downtown Decatur, Illinois.

She will perform with them more than once this summer. Other dates will be announced soon!

10.05.15Upcoming Performance and Recording

December 2 at 12 noon
I will perform a recital at First Baptist Church in Decatur Illinois.
The program will be Advent: A Time of Longing, Anticipation and Trust.

Also, the recording from September's performance of Mahler's 4th Symphony with MDSO is up. Click on the Listen tab to hear it

06.24.15Andrea Frakes Pope is Opening the Season for the MDSO with Mahler's Fourth Symphnoy

In September, I will sing the soprano solo in Mahler's Symphony No. 4, the "Heavenly Symphony." This beautiful work is the musical representation of a child's description of heaven.
I was able to sing with Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra during Dr. Luxner's first season in 1996-97, and it is my privilege to sing with MDSO this year in Dr. Luxner's final season as musical director and conductor.

03.10.14New Updates to my YouTube page

Hey everyone! I have updated my YouTube page to include all of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder. Go to the link, check it out and listen to all of them!

10.04.13Masterpieces set for Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra opening night

September 26, 2013 4:00 pm • By JIM VOREL - H&R Staff Writer

Sit Dr. Michael Luxner down to talk about music a few weeks before the premiere of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra’s season, and you’ll find a conductor more agitated than his usual self. Even after 17 years of conducting the orchestra, he still gets worked into a frenzy over the build-up to the Opening Night concert.

The professor simply has a lot on his mind, beginning with Opening Night and stretching out over the course of the whole season.

“We have a particularly wonderful season program of very powerful and challenging music," said Luxner in anticipation of Saturday’s Opening Night concert. “I barely know where to begin in describing it. It’s got mainstream classics and selections that will be extremely challenging for the symphony. And then, we will be closing with another Chaplin film at The Avon, which was an unprecedented success the first time we did it."

The Opening Night concert features what Luxner refers to as “big, sonorous, extroverted masterpieces written by great mainstream German composers at the height of their powers." Leading off is Paul Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber," which Luxner jokes “has one of the clunkiest titles in the repertoire," but praises its free-spirited energy.

“In the case of Hindemith he moved to the United States and got a new breath of life, free from the Nazi suppression of his music," the conductor said. “It’s an extraordinarily difficult concert piece to program so early in the year. I’m sure we will pull it together, but it’s making me fret right now."

The concert will also feature “Der Rosenkavalier" by Richard Strauss and another piece by Luxner-favorite Gustav Mahler, “Kindertotenlieder." Unlike the previous Mahler symphonies that have been performed by the orchestra in recent years, however, “Kindertotenlieder" is a more reserved and introverted piece for a reduced orchestra, which will accompany soloist and Millikin vocal professor Andrea Frakes Pope. Luxner referred to her as having the ideal voice for the role.

“Andrea is the perfect singer for this music," he said. “The mezzo-soprano range at its best has a particularly inviting color that is unmatched. And like the composers, she, too, is at the peak of her powers now, having mastered her voice into a hauntingly expressive instrument."

Pope, a graduate of the Millikin class of 1997, has now been studying “Kindertotenlieder" for the better part of a year in preparation for the concert. As the chief soloist, her job is to match and balance the entirety of the orchestra on the power and purity of her voice alone, creating a conversation between the two.

“I’ve journeyed with the piece for the last nine months," she said. “I would describe it as being about the living coming to terms with their grief and learning to go on with life. I started by reading the poetry, translating it and getting a feel for what it really meant to me. I have to feel the German as I sing as if I speak it naturally."