Soprano Elizabeth Schuman (of Vox3 Collective) teams up with one of Chicago's premiere collaborative pianists Matthew Gemmill in an original program that draws attention to the refugee crisis.
CAIC Festival Concert III: Nicholas Phan, Kelley O'Connor, Scott Allen Jarrett, and Spektral Quartet
The CAIC Collaborative Works Festival concludes at the gorgeous penthouse of the Logan Center for the Performing Arts in Hyde Park. Nicholas Phan and Kelley O'Connor with pianist Scott Allen Jarrett and Chicago-based Spektral Quartet will present Fauré's La bonne chanson, Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis, and Chausson's Chanson perpétuelle.
Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago scores another coup in presenting Ailyn Pérez with pianist Craig Terry in what will easily be one of the best events of this year or any year. If you have never heard her before, she has the deluxe tone quality the likes of Renata Tebaldi, the charm and wit of Victoria de los Angeles, and the ravishing physical beauty and stage presence of Anna Moffo. Her talents are a throw back to the "Golden Age" and yet she feels entirely fresh and original. An absolute must-attend performance.
CAIC's festival celebrating Paul Verlaine starts off with a free event featuring star tenor Nicholas Phan, mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, soprano Sarah Shafer, and pianists Matthew Gemmill and Scott Allen Jarrett.
The acclaimed Liederstube expands its reach with the first salon event in Pilsen at Nitecap Coffee Bar, site of the recent Opera Ouvert production of La Bohème. Featured performers: Eugenia Cheng, piano; Amaia Gabantxo, flamenco singer; and YOU if you want to sing lieder or mélodie from the Liederstube library.
Dashon Burton is one of the most exciting singers on the concert and oratorio circuit. He is a graduate of Yale's prestigious Institute of Sacred Music which is churns out top-notch musicians (four at a time) like tenor Derek Chester and soprano Sherezade Panthaki who have also impressed Chicago audiences. Mr. Burton, a founding member of the charismatic Roomful of Teeth, and Lindsay Garritson present a program that includes Poulenc, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, and Spirituals.
CAIC Summer Lieder Lounge with pianist Mario Antonio Marra, soprano Ann Toomey, and tenor Jesse Donner -DISCOUNT FOR VAC READERS
First-year Ryan Opera Center soprano Ann Toomey and the ubiquitous, future leading-tenor Jesse Donner are joined by the ROC's Apprentice Coach Mario Antonio Marra in a program of song and lieder presented by Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago at the Pianoforte Foundation's South Loop studio.
Catch a dramatic soprano in-the-making with one of Chicago Opera Theater's Young Artist mezzo-sopranos. Their program begins with some song (Duparc and Libby Larsen) and then launches into a parade of lyric mezzo and a few "big girl" arias, rounded out by a few familiar duets. Sarah Jenks is their highly-skilled accompanist.
The editor of Vocal Arts Chicago cannot get over some of the amazing performances of Ms. McNair - from her Titiana to her Anne Trulove to her Poppea. A sentimental recommendation.
The second concert of the 2016 RSMI Program for Singers has a theme we have seen a lot this year.
Songs of Bizet, Poulenc, and Grieg with pianist Kevin Murphy
Polenzani returns to Chicago with pianist Kevin Murphy in a recital featuring Beethoven, Liszt, and Barber's Hermit Songs.
Meet this year's crop of fellows at Ravinia's prestigious Steans Music Institute Program for Singers. Alumni of this program include some of the most sought-after artists like Measha Brueggergosman, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Janai Brugger, Michael Brandenburg, Nadine Sierra, and Lawrence Zazzo.
FREE and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Company members of Third Eye Theatre Ensemble accompanied by pianist John Cockerill present arias and scenes from Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath & Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, along with spirituals by Hall Johnson and Uzee Brown, Jr., Samuel Barber's Excursions and other music that falls under the broad category of Americana.
Goerne & Schmalcz's program is the Schumann hit parade: Dichterliebe, the Eichendorff Liederkreis, AND Frauenliebe und -leben.
For those of you who have never heard this great artist in concert, the editor HIGHLY RECOMMENDS this performance in non-esoteric, overly intellectual repertoire which is often on the program when it concerns Goerne.
Zachary Vanderburg who recently starred in Chicago Fringe Opera's critically-acclaimed production of In the Penal Colony and who is 1/4th of the vocal chamber ensemble Fourth Coast Ensemble is joined by bass-baritone Jared Levin and one of Chicago's premiere coaches and pianists, Dana Brown.
The Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago has replaced the major institutions in presenting today's marquee singers in an art song program. Recent vocal artists presented by CAIC have included Paul Appleby, Jesse Blumberg, David Daniels, Michelle DeYoung, and Luca Pisaroni - not to mention great pianists like Martin Katz and Kevin Murphy. Their season concludes with Chicago's most prolific baritone and the young guitarist all the singers want to work with.
The city's hardest working baritone paired with the guitarist all the singers want to work with offer a selections from their recording Franz Schubert: A Wanderer's Guitar.
This FREE concert takes place in one of Chicago's best kept-secrets - a stunningly beautiful venue, which may be reason enough to attend.
This month's Liederstube features special guest internationally acclaimed baritone and generally an American Treasure - COREY CRIDER! Eugenia Cheng's star is on the rise with a recent profile in the New York Times and a guest appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Now is the time for you to attend a Liederstube. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Tenor Henry Pleas with pianist Carol Mannen Smith - Come Down Angels!: A Program of Works by Women Composers
A mother's day program with works by female composers presented by the Unveiled Voices Project- a newly created group with a mission to promote and present Western classical music composed by underexposed groups of composers.
Alumna of the elite Merola Opera Program in San Francisco and recent winner of the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum competition, Madison recently triumphed as Susanna in Northwestern University's School of Music production of Le Nozze di Figaro. A young soprano with a bright future - hear her in a free recital before she begins her apprenticeship this summer at Des Moines Metro Opera.
Steve Winn of the San Francisco Classical Voice praises tenor Matthew Polenzani’s “torrent of magnificent sound…from the sonorous, deep pedal points of his low notes to the glittering, high shine at the upper reaches.” He is the recipient of the 2004 Richard Tucker Award and the Metropolitan Opera’s 2008 Beverly Sills Artist Award. His 2014-15 season included his return to London’s Royal Opera House for Idomeneo, productions of Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera, L’elisir d’amore and Die Zauberflöte at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, and his Opernhaus Zurich debut in La traviata. 2015-16 season highlights include appearances in Don Giovanni at Opéra national de Paris, productions of Werther in Munich and Vienna, and Les pêcheurs de perles andRoberto Devereux at the Metropolitan Opera.
Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.
If you have never heard Die Schöne Müllerin before, this will be a defining performance of it. The collaborators are of the highest quality. Polenzani has the technique and intelligence to make this something very special and he could not have been paired with a more sensitive and brilliant pianist.