Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola
K. Scott Warren, conductor
Elisa Singer Strom, soprano
Augusta Caso, mezzo-soprano
Douglas Purcell, tenor
Enrico Lagasca, bass
Amir Farid, piano
Michael Sheetz, piano
Artis Wodehouse, harmonium
There is nothing petite about this monumental mass setting, which Rossini wrote following a thirty-year self-imposed retirement from composing opera. It is a tour-de-force for chorus and soloists alike, and is one of the many reasons Rossini earned the respect of his dear friend Giuseppe Verdi. We present the piece in its original—and Rossini’s preferred—form: chamber choir accompanied by two pianos and harmonium, with four vocal soloists.
Thursday October 17th 2019, 8pm
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
980 Park Avenue (@ 84th Street)
New York NY 10028
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It is an honour to be the official pianist once again for the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo competition, hosted by the Oratorio Society of New York.
In 1977 the Oratorio Society of New York inaugurated a solo competition to encourage the art of oratorio singing and to give young singers an opportunity to advance their careers. International in scope, it is the only competition dedicated solely to the art of oratorio singing. Competition winners have appeared in concert with the Oratorio Society of New York as well as with other major choral societies and orchestras worldwide. In 2006 the competition’s name was changed to honor Lyndon Woodside, the Society’s late Music Director, and his dedication to the competition from its inception.
Saturday April 6th 2019
Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall
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I am thrilled to be the Celeste player for this monumental and heartwarming production of Mark Morris’ “The Hard Nut”, set to Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”.
Mark Morris Dance Group’s beloved retro-modern reimagining of The Nutcracker comes back to BAM for the holidays. A cascade of wit and wintry beauty, this lavish, gender-bent love letter to the classic transplants E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original story from the straitlaced 1890s to the swinging 70s, with raucous parties, dancing G.I. Joes, whimsical costumes, and a Waltz of the Snowflakes like no other. Based on the comic book art of Charles Burns and featuring Tchaikovsky’s complete original score, performed live by the 53-piece MMDG Music Ensemble, Morris’ lyrical, modern retelling playfully preserves the warm spirit of an essential holiday tradition.
December 14-23, 2018
BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
Howard Gilman Opera House
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I am delighted to be asked back as an artist at the 2018 Musica Viva Huntington Estate Music Festival. I will be playing with LSO principal oboist Juliana Koch, Australia pianist extraordinaire Aura Go, the incredible Australian soprano Taryn Fiebig, and the dynamic Orava Quartet.
This spring, experience World-Class chamber music concerts, gourmet canapés and meals, and award-winning wine in the beautiful rustic setting of the Barrel Hall and grounds of the Huntington Estate Winery in Mudgee.
Since 1989, the Huntington Estate Music Festival has been held each year in the Huntington Estate Barrel Room, a fantastic space with "one of the greatest acoustics on the planet" (Richard Tognetti) and a unique atmosphere. All concerts include generous interval refreshments and are followed by gourmet meals and a selection of the best Huntington wines. Evening concerts are preceded by a choice of aperitifs, with the full wine service continuing through the concert interval and afterwards with dinner.
"A Festival the likes of which it would be hard to find anywhere else in the world. The music, the sunshine, the audience, the birdsong, the vines, the friendships made, the emotions created, all within this nest in the hills. Australia has one of the best chamber music festivals in the world in the Huntington Festival and Musica Viva with Carl Vine are ensuring it just keeps getting better." ABC Classic FM
Musical content is devised by Artistic Director, Carl Vine and managed by the world's largest chamber music entrepreneur, Musica Viva Australia.
November 17-25 2018
Huntington Estate, Mudgee NSW Australia
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Friday 21st September 2018
St John's in the Village
218 W 11th St
New York NY 10014
Baritone James Dargan and I are gonna take you away from the hustle and bustle, into a place where we can concentrate on how much we all have in common, and how love has enough room for all who love.
There will be music by Brahms and Mahler, arrangements and originals written by James, some piano solos, and maybe a spiritual or two.
The church is air conditioned, fully accessible, and close to Union Square and many subway lines. Intermission will be a wine reception in the church's lovely courtyard.
Tickets should be bought on Eventbrite, and are 20 dollars. Click here!
Tickets are FREE for seniors, but calling or emailing in advance is essential, so you can get on our list: call 212 243 6192, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out St John's whole fall season here: http://stjvny.org/arts-at-st-johns-autumn-winter-2018/.
Come, let us sing to you!
I am super excited to be making my Lincoln Center debut, teaming up once again with the Mark Morris Dance Group and their music director, pianist Colin Fowler in Brahms' Liebeslieder-Waltzer.
“Indisputably the most musical choreographer alive” (New York Times), Mark Morris illuminates music by Monteverdi, Brahms, and Schubert with his kinetic, witty, poetic dancemaking. The program opens with two dances that reveal the intricacies of romantic love—1989’s buoyant Love Song Waltzes set to Brahms’s Liebeslieder-Walzer for voice and piano four hands, and 1996’s I Don’t Want to Love, a revelatory exploration of some of Monteverdi’s most lovelorn madrigals. The performance culminates with a highly anticipated world premiere that brings new life and lift to Schubert’s enchanting chamber-music masterpiece, the “Trout” Quintet.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
New York City
1 hour and 50 minutes, including intermission
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Classic songs by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and others with ravishing piano solos and some historical and cultural introduction to this great period of the flourishing of American song. The recital, in the air-conditioned church, is in two parts with a sparkling wine reception at interval in the beautiful St Benedict's Courtyard, a hidden garden in the heart of Greenwich Village. The two Australian performers, Richard Symons and Amir Farid, take no fees. Proceeds are in aid of Ads-Up (ads-up.org) assisting with the resettlement of refugees.
DATE AND TIME
Tue, July 31, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
St John's in the Village
218 West 11th Street
W 11th Street and Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014
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Saturday 28 July 2018 | 3pm and 6pm
Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006
Claude DEBUSSY - Trio in G major
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH - Piano Trio No.2 in E Minor Op.67
$39 ($29 Concession)
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Friday 20 July 2018 | 8pm
Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122
The knockabout Benaud Trio present a concert of blockbusting new music from Australia and the United States. From epic cinematic vistas to smoky jazz clubs, Night Flight takes the pulse of modern life with music that grooves as much as it swings.
$36 and $30 concession
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I am thrilled to be the collaborative pianist for New York City-based choral group Tapestry. Conducted by artistic director Billy Janiszewski and assistant conductor Christopher Wasko, This dynamic choir will be presenting a program of choral music from Latin America in 2 concerts only.
Wednesday, May 30 @ 8PM
Church of St. Thomas More
65 East 89th Street
Saturday, June 2 @ 8PM
Saint John's in the Village
224 Waverly Place
$20 (includes reception)
All tickets at the door
Please visit www.tapestrychoir.org for more info about the group!