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ARVO PÄRT AT EIGHTY

THE JUILLIARD NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE

The Temple of Dendur, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

“Two songs featuring Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek displayed extreme diversity. Es sang vor langen Jahren is about romantic longing, the vocal line cavorting, yet Horner-Kwiatek maintained a consistent velvety tone, merging nicely with Boyanova and violist Stephanie Block.” (New York Times, 2015)

“The vocal music stood out. Herbert sang the Pilgrim’s Song, with string quartet, and Horner-Kwiatek sang Es sang vor langen Jahren and My Heart’s in the Highlands. Both singers projected easily into the hall, and their clear, direct and shining voices were perfect for the music’s aesthetics.” George Grella (New York Classical Review, 2015)

 


LOCRIAN CHAMBER PLAYERS CONCERT

Riverside Church, NYC.

“Two works rooted in ancient sources and featuring the mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek held a little more interest. Daniel Thomas Davis’s “Thin Fire Racing” is a setting of words by Sappho for voice, clarinet (Benjamin Baron) and piano. Rough-edged chords in the piano mirrored the fragmentary nature of Sappho’s surviving texts, which Ms. Horner-Kwiatek delivered with vibrant ardor; the clarinet, evoking sounds of nature, helped anchor the song in place.”  Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim (New York Times, 2015)


1865

ANONYMOUS 4

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA.

“Aura Lea, whose melody was the basis for Elvis Presley’s hit Love Me Tender, was delectable, with mezzo-soprano Horner-Kwiatek singing solo and mining a great amount of poetry from the melody.” Edward Ortiz (San Francisco Classical Voice, 2015)

REQUIEM FOR THE TITANIC (Philip Hammond)

St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, N. Ireland.

“Belfast-born, now New York-based, mezzo soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek provided a single voice of haunting clarity and beauty.” Marie-Louis Muir (BBC Arts Extra, 2012)

“The Belfast-born, now New York-based, mezzo soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek was nothing short of spectacularly good in both performances. Many of you may be familiar with her work with Anonymous 4, but nothing prepared me for the level of virtuosity that she exhibited for her very difficult solos.”  Michael McGlynn (artistic director, Anuna, 2012)


WHEN LOVE WAS ART

ARMONIA NOVA

Washington Early Music Festival, DC.

“But the sad songs stick out in the memory most, particularly those sung by Horner-Kwiatek. A member of Anonymous 4, which is the early-music group you know if you know only one early-music group, she showed throughout the concert why someone might consider it a coup to bring her in as a guest artist, excelling.. in purity of tone, clarity of diction, and imaginative phrasing. Her melisma in Dufay’s “Belle, vueilles vostre mercy donner” (“Fair one, please be merciful to me”) coruscated effortlessly, and she navigated the complexity of the melody with such grace that the performance seemed an embodiment of the song’s longing. Her “Onqes n’amai” (“Never did I love”) had a similar century-spanning effect, where the surroundings in St. Mark’s seemed to melt away, leaving only the longing in her voice behind. Horner-Kwiatek’s performances did a wonderful service to this repertoire..” Andrew Lindemann Malone (DMV Classical, 2012)

“An ample audience turnout Friday might have been due to the guest artist — the pearl-toned mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, a member of the popular early-music quartet Anonymous 4.” Joe Banno (Washington Post, 2012)


ANTHOLOGY 25

ANONYMOUS 4

Various venues in the US.

“For whatever reason, the second half came off stronger than first with highlights aplenty, including Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek’s compelling solo version of a traditional Irish hymn, “Flight Into Egypt”….” Kyle McMillan,(The Denver Post, 2011)

“There were solos that highlighted the beauty of individual voices, including Ms. Horner-Kwiatek’s glowing mezzo-soprano…” Vivien Schweitzer (New York Times, 2011)


 WHEN MUSIC AND SWEET POETRY AGREE

PARTHENIA

Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA.

“Horner-Kwiatek has a fine voice, clear and well balanced with the instruments.” David Griesinger (Boston Musical Intelligencer, 2010)


MUSIC AND RHETORIC

PARTHENIA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

“Ms. Horner-Kwiatek, a member of Anonymous 4, gave lovely performances of arias by Monteverdi, Purcell and Handel.”  (New York Times, 2010)


THE CHERRY TREE

ANONYMOUS 4

Various venues, including The Kennedy Center, DC.

“Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek’s classically honed, richly glowing soprano in “The Song of the Nuns of Chester.. “Joe Banno (Washington Post, 2010)

“With a pure, lilting voice Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek rendered “Qui Creavit Celum” (“Song of the Nuns of Chester”) a treat.” Vivian Schweitzer (New York Times, 2010)

“Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek rich and motherly in Qui creavit caelum..” Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, 2010)

“The strongest solos came from Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, her powerful voice bringing a stunning immediacy to ancient material. Be it her voice soaring above the harmonizing others or piercing through the ethereal echoes on a haunting solo, the singer made marvelous use of the Basilica’s acoustics.” Rob Hubbard (St Paul Pioneer Press, 2010)


GLORYLAND 

ANONYMOUS 4

Various venues in the US.

“Jacqueline Horner gave a magnificent solo rendition of the folk hymn ‘I Shall Be Satisfied’ with just Scott Nygaard’s acoustic guitar expertly shading her.” (Irish Echo, 2010)

“..native Irelander Jacqueline Horner has matured into a confident, full-voiced mezzo-soprano.” (St Paul Pioneer Press, 2010)


LA BELE MARIE 

ANONYMOUS 4

Various venues in the US.

“Her voice is a lovely instrument…she enhanced its natural beauty by imparting to the audience her response to the text. Her clear pure high notes shimmered with feeling.” (San Francisco Classical Voice, 2009)

“Jacqueline Horner’s rich, airy Celtic voice is a lovely instrument.” (New York Times, 2009)

“Jacqueline Horner’s voice…a wonder of unadorned beauty.” (Boston Globe, 2009)


GLORYLAND

ANONYMOUS 4

Various venues in the US.

“Jacqueline Horner gave a magnificent solo rendition of the folk hymn ‘I Shall Be Satisfied’ with just Scott Nygaard’s acoustic guitar expertly shading her.” (Irish Echo, 2010)

“..native Irelander Jacqueline Horner has matured into a confident, full-voiced mezzo-soprano.” (St Paul Pioneer Press, 2010)


CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL RECITAL

Carmel Bach Festival

“Jacqueline Horner produced bright flexible vocalism, a fine interpretive ability and great charm as she performed a varied set of selections… sung with an elegant smooth delivery and with captivating expression.” (Monterey Herald, 2008)