This weekend the National Association of Teachers of Singing's 54th National Conference offers a tremendous program which includes recitals, master classes (Stpehen Smith, Warren Jones, Renée Fleming), competitions, and singing-geek-joy lectures - all of which are for the taking IF you are a registered member of NATS. Go to NATS.org to see the schedule and find out more. There are, however, at least two recommended events that are open to the public, and they feature a few giants of Chicago's vocal arts community.
On Friday - YOU have a chance to be the star of the show when Eugenia Cheng hosts her monthly Liederstube art song salon. Eugenia is a pianist with an affinity for German, French, and British art song. She has performed the three song cycles of Schubert, Schumann's Dichterliebe, Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch, Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis, Vaughan Williams's Songs of Travel, Berg's Seven Early Songs, Schoenberg's Opus 2, and Korngold's Opus 22 in concert within the last 18 months in addition to her monthly Liederstube events. One of the most generous musicians on the scene, she shares her skill with all who are prepared to dive into this repertoire with her. NATS is making Liederstube one of its "Late Night" events which presents a unique opportunity for you to listen and/or sing in a venue that is larger than the 20-seat Liederstube studio in the Fine Arts Building.
On Sunday there may still be a chance for you to snag the hottest ticket in town - NATS presents the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center with special guest Renée Fleming at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. One can only imagine the festive atmosphere with all of those singers and singing teachers in the audience cheering on their colleagues and one of the greatest America has ever produced.