After several months away in Lucerne and Kansas City, I am thrilled to be returning to Bowling Green State University next week for the MACCM New Music Festival! I will be performing works by Morgan Krauss, Christopher Dietz, and Reiko Fueting on Concert 2 at:
7:30pm Thursday, 10/16, in Kobacker Hall on the campus of BGSU.
After that, it's off to Chicago to rehearse Three Voices with two of my dear Quince friends. . .we'll be touring Feldman and more in a few weeks!
It's proving an excellent summer! I just returned from Omaha Under the Radar, a new contemporary music festival that treated Nebraska audiences to a wide range of music - from Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, to chamber music in many acoustic and plugged-in forms, to modern dance collaborations. I had a beautiful time making and taking in the sounds with dear friends, new and old.
Next up: Quince performs with the Grant Wallace Band in Cedar Rapids, IA and Evanston, IL - catch us next weekend (7/24 and 7/26).
After all that, it's off to Lucerne!
Many exciting updates!
First, I am thrilled to announce that I have been invited to the Lucerne Festival Academy this summer. With 39 other singers and 44 instrumentalists (and one Sir Simon Rattle), I have the opportunity to perform Luciano Berio's immense Coro.
In addition, this summer brings many exciting projects - my Michigan Opera Theatre debut as a Handmaiden in Turandot, perfecting album edits for Quince's debut album Realign the Time, premiering Kurt Isaacson's the future of terror at Stanford with flutist Elise Roy, performances with several fabulous ensembles, and...relocating to the vibrant "Paris of the Plains" - Kansas City, Missouri. I look forward to making music and finding kindred spirits in this beautiful area of the central Midwest!
And now, score study!
This week I'll be performing in three places:
Friday, 2/21 12:15p Simpson Building Brown Bag Lunch Concert
Art songs of Britten, Barber, and Poulenc - with Kevin Bylsma
later that same day...2/21 8p Bryan Hall, BGSU
Noa Even (saxophone) DMA recital: Un lieu verdoyant - Phillipe Leroux
Monday, 2/24 8p Conrad Room, Wolfe Center for the Arts, BGSU
"Now through night's caressing grip..." - Music of Britten, Barber, and Poulenc
With Kevin Bylsma
In celebration of recent Harawi recitals with the inimitable Karl Larson, I have scheduled another pair of recitals this spring semester.
First, I will be presenting a song recital with Kevin Bylsma -
2/24, 8p "Now through night's caressing grip..."
Music of Britten, Barber, and Poulenc
Conrad Room, Wolfe Center for the Arts, BGSU
Later on, I will perform my final doctoral recital at BGSU -
4/5, 8p "Liz and JJ and Stephanie and Elise and Gunnar"
Music of Babbitt, Carter, Isaacson, and Foss
Conrad Room, Wolfe Center for the Arts, BGSU
In the meantime, I'll be kept busy with friends' recitals...oh, and several Quince projects. Check out Quince's exciting spring schedule here!
Hope to see you soon!
Looking for a way to occupy your Friday or Saturday night? Come to the micrOPERA!
1/24 - 8p
1/25 - 8p
At the Wolfe Center for the Arts' Eva Marie Saint Theatre, BGSU
The Telephone - Gian-Carlo Menotti
We're On the Air - World Premiere by Carter John Rice
A Hand of Bridge - Samuel Barber
Krispy Kremes and Butter Queens - Jennifer Jolley
Our students are so excited for this chance to utilize the beautiful black-box theatre - performing in the round, this is the first College of Musical Arts event to be staged in the Eva! The shows are mostly comedies - but due to language and adult themes, viewer discretion is recommended.
We hope to see you there for this free event!
Join pianist Karl Larson and I tonight, at Baldwin Wallace University's Chamber Music Hall! This is the first stop on our tour of Olivier Messiaen's Harawi, and a dream come true for each of us. We cannot wait to share Messiaen's beautiful Tristan-inspired work with others.
This truly special piece is not to be missed - we will perform it again on Thursday at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor.
Details can be found on my schedule!
No rest over here - this Saturday is opening night for MOT's production of La traviata!
It proves to be a busy week indeed - This week is the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music's Fall Festival in Bowling Green - I'll be performing works by Carter J. Rice, Joseph Klein, and our guest composer for the festival, George Lewis - his Anthem for ensemble and voice.
Schedule of concerts and details posted here! (scroll down to view the list)
In addition, Saturday evening is opening night for this year's Michigan Opera Theatre season - I'll appear as a chorister in Wagner's early opera The Flying Dutchman.
Lots of driving, dress rehearsal, and singing to do...I can't think of a better way to spend the week!
A Song of Love and Death
I am ecstatic to announce that on January 16, 2014, pianist Karl Larson will be performing Olivier Messiaen's Harawi in Ann Arbor, Michigan - at Kerrytown Concert House!
Olivier Messiaen’s immense song cycle Harawi (1945) is the first part of what has become known as the “Tristan trilogy” - followed by Turangalîla Symphony and Cinq Rechants. Exploring tropes of love and death, Messiaen ecstatically blends borrowed Peruvian folklore and melodies with themes from the Tristan/Isolde fated-love story. The project was extremely personal for Messiaen – as he composed Harawi, his wife Clair Delbos was beginning to succumb to the long illness which eventually took her life. Additionally, the pianist for whom he wrote this and many other works, Yvonne Loriod, later became his second wife. His text explores ideas of fated love and death, invoking surreal images and descriptions of color, exotic sounds and incantations. Harawi makes monumental demands of both singer and pianist, and we are thrilled to present this true treasure of 20th century literature.
The text to mvt. X of Harawi, “Amour oiseau d’étoile”, describes the above painting -Sir Roland Penrose’s “Seeing is Believing (L'Ile Invisible)”. Having viewed the painting in an art journal, Messiaen considered this image to symbolically represent the whole of Harawi.
“…Your head inverted under the sky
Your eye of star, tumbling chains, towards the stars
…Far from the tableau my hands sing,
Star, augmented silence of the sky.
My hands, your eye, your neck, the sky”
Samples of our work on Harawi: Audio, mvt. II
Hi, I'm Liz (some folks call me Elizabeth) - soprano, multi-instrument experimenter, and member of Quince.