A recital can be tailored to compliment a masterclass, eg a masterclass on singing Baroque music can be paired with a recital of songs by Purcell, Blow and Bach. Also contemporary music masterclasses are offered working on tackling the complexities of new music and extended vocal technique while keeping the instrument healthy, to be paired with a performance of songs by 20th and 21st century composers including Berio, Judith Weir, Oliver Knussen and Cage. Instruments vary depending on choice of recital and repertoire.
Program offerings include:
FOLK SONGS AND LULLABIES
A recital that features a wide range of music from medieval monodies to new arrangements of familiar folk songs. It features a mix of a cappella song, including chant and Irish ballads such as “She moved through the Fair,” with pieces for voice and piano, including Copland folk song arrangements, songs for children by Brahms, Stravinsky and Ives, and Benjamin Britten’s engaging song cycle “A Charm of Lullabies.”
An adventurous and daring program made up entirely of a cappella pieces for solo voice. A wide range of genres are represented, from medieval chant to new settings of old English poetry by some of today’s leading composers. includes Judith Weir’s ground breaking 15 minute opera for solo singer, “King Harald’s Saga.”
An entertaining recital program that pairs an eclectic mix of women writers with male composers. The women featured range from Emily Dickinson and Dorothy Parker to the advice columnist Miss Manners and a Russian mail order bride, all set to music by American composers ranging from established greats such as Aaron Copland to up and coming composers including Gregory Spears, Daniel Thomas Davis and David Arbury. The songs are interspersed with readings from the featured ladies. This program appeals to a wide variety of audiences and promises to be a fun and thought provoking evening! With piano.