It's been a heck of a 2016 so far - performing more in my "hometown" with the lovely groups newEar and Classical Revolution KC, and singing all OVER the place (California, Poland, and points between) with Quince, in addition to my first solo Lachenmann - got lost with the amazing Stacey Barelos at this summer's Omaha Under the Radar Festival.
Many exciting projects loom on the horizon - Quince performing with Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion, a Dada recital at the Green Mill, my second Pierrot lunaire of the year - and that's just for starters!
Check out more on my schedule.
I am so happy to announce that my document proposal has been accepted, and I will officially be dissertating - "Comparing selected singing pedagogies in the twenty-first century" is happening!
And in a fun discovery, lovely pianist Karl has posted our recording from last February of Harawi. . .I hope you like it : )
Though the spectre of my dissertation looms, this has been a most enjoyable year. From repeat performances of Three Voices with my dear friends of Quince, and Harawi with the inimitable Karl, to this year's Omaha Under the Radar Festival, I've loved every musical moment. How fortunate to have so many opportunities to make glorious music with dear friends.
As a personal highlight, I wanted to share the audio from my live performance of Philomel this summer in Omaha. I have never worked so intensely on one piece before, and though there's always work to be done for future performances, I hope you like it : )
Next up? Scelsi, Saariaho, Enstrom, and Soper. . . Quince is back in the recording studio this January, 2016!
It's been too long! Months filled with performances with Quince, Karl, and my Kansas City debuts with KcEMA and newEar. . .and I'm happily back where 2015 began - Harawi.
The most excellent Johnstone Fund for New Music is hosting us on Wednesday night at the Short North Stage in Columbus, Ohio - it's a free concert at 7p (cocktail hour preceding!).
Christopher Purdy wrote a lovely article about the piece.
This is Karl and my sixth performance of Messiaen's glorious song cycle of love and death, and we hope to share it with you.
Karl Larson and I will be presenting Harawi three times in February:
2/12/2015 - 7:30p Luther College
Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall
700 College Drive , Decorah, IA 52101
2/13/2015 - 7:00p DeWitt United Methodist Church
222 12th Street, DeWitt, IA 52742
2/22/2015 - 8:30p Constellation Chicago
3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
What a season so far - Fall 2014 has been basically put to bed, and I'm glad for this time to plan for what's in store come 2015! After an excellent time with Bowling Green State University's New Music Ensemble at their Fall Festival, I had the extreme privilege of performing Morton Feldman's intense Three Voices in a trio. The piece (rarely performed with three live singers) took me to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Kent State University with two of my favorite singers and long-time collaborators, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and Kayleigh Butcher. I have sung with these immensely talented women for four years as part of Quince Ensemble, whose debut album was also released this fall, to lovely reviews. Most recently, Quince performed (along with our newest member and absolutely brilliant talent Carrie Henneman Shaw) at Constellation Chicago, a venue we've performed in a few times now (we can't wait to return!)
I am simply ecstatic to announce that I will be returning to Constellation on February 22, to perform Olivier Messiaen's Harawi with pianist Karl Larson (my first recital in Chicago!) After last year's performances at Baldwin Wallace University and Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, we couldn't wait to present the work again - this will be an unforgettable evening of otherworldly music, and I couldn't ask for a better collaborator in Karl.
More announcements can be found on my updated schedule!
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
Hi, I'm Liz (some folks call me Elizabeth) - soprano, multi-instrument experimenter, and member of Quince.