Kness
Kness
The final performance of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation 2012-2013 season takes place Friday.

Karen Kness of Michigan will be in concert at 7 p.m. at the Madison Presbyterian Church. Kness will present a program of soprano literature and will be accompanied by local musicians.

Kness, an assistant professor of voice at the Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., received her bachelor's and master's degrees in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the school's website said. She also received a doctoral degree in vocal performance and literature from Indiana University in May 2012.

Before taking a position on the faculty at Western Michigan University in the fall of 2012, she served on the faculties of University of Nebraska-Omaha and Doane College. She also served as the coordinator for the Department of Secondary Voice and was an associate instructor at Indiana University.

Kness has hosted performances throughout the Midwest as a regular concert and oratorio soloist. Her performances have included Mozart's "Great Mass in C Minor," Bach's "St. Matthew Passion," Haydn's "Creation," Handel's "Solomon" and more. She has also performed in opera roles including Queen of the Night in "The Magic Flute," Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni," and others, the website said.

Friday's performance begins at 7 p.m. at the church, 202 Broadway, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

All of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation events are family-friendly and open to the public. There is no charge for the concert, but donations will be accepted to help with costs of future performances.