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Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Eric Ferring & Madeline Slettedahl

  • Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center 78 E Washington Street Chicago, Illinois 60605 United States (map)
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First year Ryan Opera Center ensemble tenor Eric Ferring was hailed “an emerging tenor of considerable promise” by the Chicago Tribune following his performance in last weekend’s Ariodante prima. Chicago Classical Review said Ferring “[possesses] a vibrant tenor with juice and throwing off his showpiece aria, “Il tuo sangue” with impressive fire and agility.” Having been at the prima on Saturday, I will add that the audience collectively recognized that Eric had a breakout moment. To hear the swell of applause during his bow was heartening.

Madeline Slettedahl is the winner of the 2016 Marilyn Horne Song Competition and has been slaying as the Ryan Opera Center’s ensemble pianist ever since. The intellectualism of Schumann, the flamboyance of Liszt, and the prestidigitation of Fauré’s Toujours will make for a fine showcase of her formidable skills.

Selections from Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op. 39

I. In der Fremde
III. Waldesgespräch
V. Mondnacht
VIII. In der Fremde
IX. Wehmut

Two songs by Franz Liszt

Enfant, si j’étais roi, S. 283
Oh! quand je dors, S. 282

Gabriel Fauré’s Poème d’un jour, Op. 21

I. Rencontre
II. Toujours
III. Adieu

Ben Moore (b. 1960), selections from Dear Theo

I. The Red Vineyard
IV. The Man I Have to Paint
VI. Already Broken
VII. Souvenir

Eric Ferring, tenor
Madeline Slettedahl, piano

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